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The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

It’s Fun To Believe In Ghosts

New England Today

It’s Fun To Believe In Ghosts

Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Jud’s New England Journal, the rather curious monthly musings of Judson Hale, the Editor-in-Chief of Yankee Magazine, published in Dublin, New Hampshire since September 1935, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac published since 1792 in Massachusetts and then, since 1939, in Dublin.


It’s Fun To

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Today

Pairings for Mar/Apr 2007

The clues:
First: A favorite with apple-pie lovers. Once one of New England’s favorite tart treats.

Second: This New Hampshire native’s involvement with Boston’s Communist Party in the 1940s became the basis of a movie and a TV series: I Led Three Lives.

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Feedback | Autumn 2015

New England Today

Feedback | Autumn 2015

Our favorite recent letters, Facebook posts, Instagram comments, and tweets.

 Happy 80th  

When we arrived home this Monday, August 24th, from a quick weekend to Wells, Maine, our Yankee magazine awaited us in our mailbox. It reminded me of why I love living in New England. As a native, with roots in

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The Providence Flea

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VIDEO: Family Meals on a Budget

New England Today

VIDEO: Family Meals on a Budget

Yankee food editor, Annie B. Copps, introduces family meals on a budget on the Today Show’s “Managing Today” series. She shares her recipes below for extending a pork roast into stir fry, sandwiches, and ravioli, for example.

Click here for more pork recipes and for a special “presidential pork” recipe from

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The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Today

Dear Yankee

Nature’s Own Carpet
Your brief piece on diverse vs. monoculture lawns [“Ask the Naturalist,” July/August 2008, p. 30] merited full-length treatment.
For some years, I’ve cultivated wildflowers throughout my yard, even turning the entire front lawn into a carpet of eco-friendly color. Neighbors may think I’m odd, if not radical, but the

New England Traveler

The Lyceum

New ownership and a recent renovation have brought this grand dame’s menu and decor into the “here and now.” You’ll find pasta and Cobb salad now-ces ne sont pas fran ais—and the frogs’ legs are a thing of the past, but the onion soup with gruyere, the croque monsieur and

New England Today

Dear Yankee

Can Holyoke be Saved?
Thank you for posing “Historic Preservation’s Biggest Question: What do we save?” and including a strong article on the loss of a beloved building in Holyoke, Massachusetts [“The Life and Death of the Skinner Coffee House,” May/June 2008]. Yankee Magazine has a long tradition of recognizing the

Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II

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Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II

A Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II, Northfield Mountain’s 44-seat riverboat, has been a cruising favorite on the Connecticut River for nearly thirty years. Quinnetukut, which is said to mean “long, tidal river,” is a French transliteration from the Abenaki language, pronounced “Kinn-e-tu-k??t” with emphasis on the second and

New England Today

Pairings Hint — Jan/Feb

In the log at the observatory early on April 12, 1934, one scientist recorded this observation: “There was no doubt this morning that a super-hurricane, Mt. Washington style, was in full development.”

Candidates and media personnel barnstorm across New Hampshire as presidential primary season reaches its peak.

This word pairs the clues:


Burlington & Colchester Bike Paths

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Burlington & Colchester Bike Paths

Cyclists skirt the city shoreline, cross the Winooski River, and connect with suburban Colchester’s own bike trail. The fun really begins as the route heads out onto Lake Champlain along a 3-mile former railroad causeway. A seasonal bike ferry links with scenic roads threading the Champlain Islands. Best Bicycling-Yankee Magazine

New England Today

Pairings for Jan/Feb

The clues:
First: On April 12, 1934, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory weather station recorded a surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour — a record that stands today, securing the summit’s reputation for experiencing weather as severe as any on Earth.

Second: Since 1952, the New Hampshire primary has been

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The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

New England Today

Dear Yankee

Speaking My Mind

Quabbin’s Secret

Your article “Secret Places” (March/April) shows the beauty of the Quabbin Reservation. Hidden beneath pictures and words lie the four doomed towns from which 2,500 inhabitants were forced to relocate and 7,561 bodies required reinterment in other cemeteries. My paternal grandparents lived in Greenwich (one of the

New England Traveler

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

The Providence Flea

The Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 5th, and is held every Sunday through September 11th on the Providence River Greenway from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Check out our popular open-air, juried market–featuring vintage finds, local artisans and makers, live music, community non-profits and fine food

’Sconset Bluff Walk

This public path provides a front-row view of the Atlantic’s ceaseless undermining of the island’s sandy foundations. Dawn to dusk, you’ll stroll like an accidental gate crasher through the hedgerows and wind-sculpted arboreal bowers of neighboring seaside mansions.High-bluffs views of the Atlantic and seaside mansions are the highlights of this

Abacus Gallery

Keep your days (and months) straight with a colorful wall calendar ($28) by Maine artist Dana Heacock.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

ABBA Restaurant

Thai/Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant renovated barn.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Best Fusion CuisineIn the right hands, melding ingredients from different cultures is an act of revelation, producing tastes of which you simply can’t get enough. Chef Erez Pinhas creates unforgettable Mediterranean/Asian dishes such as Thai sate duck breast with herbed

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, 117 Pearl Street, Noank CT 06340, 860-536-7719, abbotts-lobster.com A legendary seaside restaurant visited by 100,000+ lobster lovers every summer. Abbott’s is open for 2011: Weekends Only: (Fri/Sat/Sun, noon-7 pm) , May 6- Memorial Day. Open Daily: Memorial Day through Labor Day, noon-9 pm. Back to

Alden Camps

Established in 1910, this is among the few American-plan family camps left from the Age of Innocence. Eighteen little log cabins along the shore of East Pond in the Belgrade Lakes region provide quiet retreats with docks and motorboats, while the farmhouse dining room serves some of the best food

Allen House Victorian Inn and Amherst Inn

These sister inns are near the Dickinson Homestead, and unapologetically emulate the full-on Victorian style that would have made Emily feel right at home. But guests still get WiFi and radios (albeit antique style), and modern downtown Amherst is a short stroll uphill. Rates: from $105. BEST B&Bs-Yankee Magazine May/June

Allen Whiting

Allen Whiting, who lives and works on the same generations-old family sheep farm where he grew up, has been painting landscapes for a long time. At age 64, it’s what he wants to keep doing: “Mostly I really want to do what I do, better. I’m starting to eliminate stuff

Amaral’s Fish and Chips

For your basic stuffie, head to Amaral’s. This shop prides itself on letting the seafood shine through: delectable clams seasoned with onion, celery, and spices, crispy on the top from baking in a hot oven.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

AMC Books

The White Mountains? The Vineyard? Wherever your outdoor destination, Appalachian Mountain Club guidebooks (from $16.95) offer a wealth of information.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Ame & Lulu

A yoga mat is easily portable when you carry it in a graphic yoga bag ($60).–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010


Stash umbrellas near the door in Ameico’s “Ivy” stand ($240); pens, pencils, and other implements are at home in a quirky “Pen Pen” pen and pencil holder ($23).– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

American Classic Arcade Museum

The American Classic Arcade Museum is the largest public collection of arcade games anywhere, and it’s become something of a pilgrimage site. Every year on the first weekend following Memorial Day, hardcore players from around the world travel here to square off in the International Classic Video Game Tournament (June

Angela Adams

Organize your thoughts in mod mini-journals ($14.95 for a set of 4), collect your photos in a stylish album ($35), and assemble your odds and ends on a cool tray ($45).– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Cocktails rock and martinis look marvelous in cool "Satin Frost" glassware ($32/set of four rocks glasses;

Ann Clark Ltd.

Shape rolled-out dough into festive forms with snowflake and tree cutters ($3.99 each) made by “the cookie cutter people from Vermont.”–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream

A small shop in the heart of Portsmouth, just across the alley from the harbor, Annabelle’s remains an oasis for those who crave high butterfat content. (Whereas most ice creams contain 10 to 14 percent, Annabelle’s hits 16 percent, for a richer taste and texture.) The “New Hampshire Pure Maple

Annmary Brown Memorial

Designed by Norman Isham, Providence’s Annmary Brown Memorial was constructed as a mausoleum and art gallery.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012A mall art museum built within the tomb if its founders.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant

Anthony’s stuffies come in both mild and hot options: roasted peppers in the low-key version, cherry peppers in the spicier one. Both include a bit of chourico and a ton of chopped clams.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Maine is perhaps the most rugged portion of the 14-state hike. There are 281 miles of Trail in Maine, and even the most experienced of hikers can be slowed to an average of only one mile an hour in some parts of the Trail.

Apricots Restaurant

Clinging to the Farmington River, this spot offers soothing views as you enjoy crispy calamari tossed with Old Bay seasoning and served with a garlicky marinara sauce.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Arnold Arboretum

To the north, a haze of color washes over the gardens at Long Hill in Beverly, Massachusetts, and at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, a sprawling property that’s been around since 1872, a partnership between Harvard University and the city. Think Central Park on Miracle-Gro. Giant tree canopies; kids with hula hoops;

Art’s Dune Tours

Crazy beautiful, deserted, with haunting vistas over rolling dunes.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Best Retro EcotourThe windblown heaps of sand beside Route 6 as you approach town seem almost like a little piece of the Sahara come to New England. Art’s has been driving folks into these dunes since 1946, and


Trinity Repertory Company and AS220 anchor the neighborhood’s cultural scene with traditional theater and avant-garde art.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Atlantic Brewing Company

The Best 5: Local BreweriesA combination beer garden, smokehouse, and brewery tucked behind an unassuming white farmhouse on a leafy country road at the edge of stunning Acadia National Park. The beers are straight out of the old New England tradition: that is, British beer styles that often take advantage

Aunt Carrie’s

It’s been 95 years since Ulysses and Carrie Cooper opened a restaurant to meet the demand for her deep-fried invention: clam cakes. Aunt Carrie’s descendants still turn out these amorphous, golden-crisp, doughnut-type balls filled with tender clam bits. They’re Rhode Island’s number-one comfort food: a meal in their own right

Bald Mountain Camps

BEST SUNSET VIEWSDining in a traditional sporting camp is a must in the Rangeley Lakes region, and it’s hard to beat Bald Mountain for authentic atmosphere, good food, and the sunset view of Mooselookmeguntic Lake and the distant Presidential Range to the southwest in New Hampshire.Family-oriented traditional sporting camp, established


This hooded T-shirt ($22) and pants ($14) set and lace-trimmed dress ($28) and coordinating pants ($16) aren’t just made from organic cotton–the fabric is recycled organic cotton plus acrylic fleece.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum

Herb and Gloria Barker’s cache of childhood nostalgia is one of the largest such collections in America. Old-time treasures such as Lone Ranger flashlight rings appeal to Baby Boomers, while the Pixar collectibles are a hit with the young set. Admission: $5 adults, $3 ages 3–12; free for ages 2

Barry Van Dusen’s Studio

Barry Van Dusen has contributed to books and pocket guides for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, field guides for HarperCollins, and magazines such as Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Birds Illustrated. He’s an internationally recognized wildlife painter. Visitors are welcome at Barry Van Dusen’s studio, but call in advance to

Bascom Lodge

Bascom Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to provide a respite for hikers and vacationers. It sits on top of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts (3,491 feet) and overlooks the Berkshires. The rustic wood and stone Lodge has both private and group rooms

Basin Harbor Club

As timeless as a resort can be: Family-owned for more than 100 years, with a matchless location on Lake Champlain, the Club offers cottage or inn accommodations, water sports ranging from paddleboarding to cruising in a vintage Chris-Craft, a private golf course, and fine formal and informal dining. There’s even

Baxter State Park

At more than 200,000 acres, Baxter State Park is a vast area, home to Mount Katahdin and four distinct climatic zones supporting hardwoods, boreal forests, and alpine tundra vegetation. Above 3,000 feet, it’s the place to see Bicknell’s thrush. An amazing amount of bird life here, from waterfowl to warblers

Bearskin Neck

Bearskin Neck

At Bearskin Neck, you can always find something to do. Sweeping out to protect the harbor of Rockport, Massachusetts, Bearskin Neck is both a place where you will find fishermen and artists. Rustic shops dot the landscape selling everything from seafood to jewelry. Stop in at Bearskin Neck Leathers (7

Beehive Kitchenware Co.

Pewter fruit-blossom measuring spoons ($48) by metalsmiths Sandra Bonazoli (a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston) and Jim Dowd make precision baking and cooking a pleasure.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Belltown Hill Orchards

At Belltown Hill Orchards, a little piece of Italy in South Glastonbury. Color comes in waves, April and May, moving across the trees that Mike Preli’s grandfather, Louis, started when he came to this country in 1904. Mike gestures over the rolling hillside–150 acres of blooming, ethereal beauty. “You’ve got

Benefit Street

Stroll through the heart of historic Providence, leaving plenty of time to loiter at each corner and gawk at the 18thand 19th-century homes. The John Brown House (nearby on Power Street) and the reading room at the Providence Athenaeum merit extra time.Yankee Magazine April 2005Tour Benefit Street (contact Providence Preservation

Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington Battle Monument

The Bennington Battle Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington, where Brigadier General John Stark and his American forces successfully defeated two detachments of British General John Burgoyne’s invading army in 1777. The Battle of Bennington was a major turning point for the American Revolution. For the most

Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum

What do folk artist Grandma Moses and abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler have in common? How about a 1920s Martin Wasp automobile and works by contemporary sculptor Sir Anthony Caro? They’re examples of the museum’s new direction, dubbed “creative collisions,” which juxtapose traditional with modern, bringing the two together in lively

Bennington Potters

Bennington Potters

Hold on tight to your drinks with this sturdy “Trigger Mug” ($52 set of 4).(Yankee Magazine, November/December 2009)People have been visiting Bennington Potters for 62 years. What they say is true: if it’s Bennington, the pleasure of cooking and of eating, begins when you pick up the pot. You will

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Inspiring and intimate displays include vegetable, herb, daylily, and rock gardens; perennial and mixed borders; and seasonal installations. The region’s hub for gardening info since 1934.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co.

East Hampton, Connecticut–“Belltown”–was once the cradle of bellmakers. Today one company refuses to go silent.In the 19th century, if you were to come across a manufactured bell anywhere in the world, there was a good chance that it came from East Hampton (then called Chatham). For more than 100 years,

Birds in Flight Gallery

Hugh Verrier’s amazing life-size three-dimensional watercolors: paper sculptures of blue herons, egrets, loons, woodpeckers, and puffins.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Bishop’s Homemade

The specialty of this big house is a particular New England favorite: Grape-Nut ice cream, complete with crunchy bits of the earthy cereal within a mellow vanilla confection. Always happy to accommodate, the counter staff will set your cone into an old wooden holder while you pay. Bishop’s maple sundae

Black Ink Boston

Visit Black Ink to find a few fun-and-funky gifts (frog-shaped piggy banks top the list).– Yankee Magazine January/February 2010

Blackthorne Forge

Blacksmith Steven Bronstein turns iron into soft curves to create his “Pod” candleholder ($45 each or $80 per pair).–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011


Romantic shout-out: Named one of the 10 most romantic hotels in the world by Forbes.com, 2007.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

The Best 5This stunning seaside setting merges historic and modern gardening. Rose, rock, and water gardens, specimen trees, and a woodland (“the Bosquet”). A popular site for weddings.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010Nothing heralds spring like a blaze of daffodils. For the grand flourish, there’s the 33-acre magnificence of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens

Block Island Greenway Trails

This is merely one potential scenario in a trail system that comprises 28 miles—on an island of 10 square miles a dozen miles out in the Atlantic. With its undulating topography and green hills rolling toward an azure sea, Block Island has been called “the Bermuda of the North.” Indeed,

Blueberry Hill Cross Country Ski Center

Halfdan Kuhnle Trail, the highest groomed Nordic ski trail in Vermont. From Romance Clearing high on the slopes, beautiful views of the Green Mountains and a long, twisting descent await you.– Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Bobby’s Burger Palace

We like that celebrity chef Bobby Flay appreciates a simple, good burger enough to open a palace of an eatery suitably equipped to showcase them. Right on the gaming floor at Mohegan Sun, Flay offers big, juicy patties with a nod to American regional cooking. His “L.A. Burger” with avocado


Jason Bond is a culinary romantic, expressing his passion for New England ingredients in menus laced with wild beach plums, Cape Cod oysters, Delicata squash, and local pasture-raised chicken (all entrees $30). His food is sensuous in the purest sense. His partner, Monica Higgins, brings the same aesthetic to the

Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay Railway Village

All aboard! Ride a narrow-gauge steam train through a rural village setting, view more than 60 antique vehicles, and explore informative exhibits in historic buildings at one of Maine’s oldest railway museums. Best Railway Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Nowhere else in New England can you experience a steam train ride, historical

Boston Beer Company

The Best 5: Local BreweriesAlthough its Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed mostly in Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston remains the corporate home of the largest American-owned beermaker. The firm’s small pilot brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood—where brewers experiment with small-batch and vintage beer styles—is one of the city’s most popular

Boston by Foot

Boston by Foot is the best way to see Boston: up close and personal. Boston by Foot tours encourages visitors to walk around Boston and explore the city in a way they might not be able to from a bus, cab, or train. Since its founding in 1976, America’s Bicentennial

Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS is a phenomenal way to save money while you see some great sites in Boston. What you get when you buy CityPASS is a booklet of admission tickets to 5 must-see attractions in Boston, and you’ll save 47% compared to combined regular box office prices. You can save

Boston Common and Public Garden

Boston Common and Public Garden are the combination of two historic efforts to create and maintain beautiful public spaces for the Boston community. The Common was created in 1634 as America’s first public park. The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Both are perfect for walking,

Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

Just 45 minutes from the rush of downtown, the Boston Harbor Islands keep you close to the city without making you actually feel, you know, close to the city. Isolated beaches and camping spots and the remains of an old Civil War fort dominate this 34-island state park, all within

Boston Light

Boston Light

Boston Light is located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor. The current lighthouse dates back to 1783, and is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States (after Sandy Hook Lighthouse, in New Jersey). Boston Light was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The first lighthouse

Boulder Beach

There’s nothing quite as nourishing for both body and soul as a dip in a Vermont swimming hole, where the sylvan surroundings enfold you in a blanket of green. Nestled in one of the largest state forests in the Northeast Kingdom, Lake Groton is actually too large to be called

Brewster Fish House

Locals told us about the Brewster Fish House, a Cape Cod gem that has recently seen a change of chefs. Indulge in the fried-seafood options—clams, oysters, scallops, or calamari. Whichever you choose, it’s fresh from local waters, and the kitchen respects its handy source of ingredients. Get there early and

Brimfield Antique Shows

During a handful of allotted days in May, July, and September, the population of little Brimfield swells from 3,500 to a mind-blowing 130,000. Brimfield is the rock star of antiques markets. Martha Stewart marks it on her calendar, and customers come from the four corners to ogle and buy. Roughly

Broken Arrow Nursery

You’ll find woody plant experts here, plus an unparalleled inventory of off-the-beaten-track and brand-new varieties. Open April to October 31.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

Bunker Hill Monument

Two hundred and ninety-four steps doesn’t sound like that many at the bottom, but you feel it about halfway up the narrow spire. They should install inspirational signs along the way, like “How much do you love your country?” When you get back down, make sure to yell, “We made

Burger Bar & Bistro

The chefs grind their organic beef in house, and their basic burger on a big, soft bun is one very good reason to visit. But they don’t stop there: Their decadent Kobe burger, for example, may come with a high price tag, but the deep, rich flavor is so worth

Cabot Creamery Visitors Center

This nearly 100-year-old co-op buys milk from more than 1,200 dairy farms all over New England and upstate New York. From grocery-store staples to award-winning aged varieties and cave-ripened cloth-bound cheddars (a collaboration with Greensboro’s Jasper Hill Farm), fine cheese is a priority.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011800-837-4261. Main St., Cabot. Best

Cafe Vanille

Sprawling at the bottom of Beacon Hill, Boston’s Charles Street is a mix of Dickens-meets-M.F.A. sensibilities—where history-laden, crimson-brick sidewalks roll past some of the most meticulously kept and artfully stocked shops in all of this diverse and exciting city. Start smack in the middle: at Cafe Vanille, which

Camden Snow Bowl

The toboggan run at the Camden Snow Bowl is not your neighborhood sledding hill. The piercing squeals, the throaty primal whelps, are an involuntary (and universal) response to New England’s longest toboggan chute, a 440-foot straightaway that’s 30-mph fast. It’s over before you know it; with your heart still in

Camp Plymouth State State Park

During Vermont’s 19th-century mini gold rush, prospectors sought their fortunes on Plymouth’s Buffalo Brook. Today you can pan the stream for gold at this state park on the shores of Echo Lake. Beach, boat rentals, and four furnished cottages for rent. BEST PLACE TO STRIKE IT RICH.For three bucks you

Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

B&B host Charlotte Fyfe is a fifth-generation Cape Codder and a locally acclaimed baker, whose skills are displayed in the shortbreads and scones set out for afternoon tea.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is an 80-passenger cable car that brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain. If it’s a clear day, you can see the mountains in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Canada! And the ride takes only 10 minutes! At the summit, you’ll

Canobie Lake Park

Canobie Lake Park

From its early days as a “pleasure resort” in 1902, with canoeing and a botanical garden, Canobie Lake has evolved into a classic amusement park with 85 rides, games and attractions, and actual fear-factor ratings. Thrill rides, such as the Corkscrew Coaster and the Starblaster (shuttle lift-off meets bungee jumping)

CANOE- A Restaurant & Tavern

This restaurant/tavern’s lobster mac-and-cheese and hand-cut steaks are stiff competition for the soothing view of Lake Winnipesaukee. Be forewarned: The hand-cut chips with blue-cheese sauce are frighteningly addictive.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Cape Ann Museum

No artist ever painted sea and sky as luminously as Fitz Henry Lane of Gloucester. His canvases glow even more brightly in the museum’s renovated galleries, which augment Lane’s oil paintings with his drawings and lithographs. Upstairs, two small ships and a first-order Fresnel lens help cele brate Cape Ann’s

Cape Cinema

The Cape Cinema in Dennis, Massachusetts is a historic treasure that has entertained audiences for decades. The Cinema shows independent American and international film, Metropolitan Opera in HD, the National Theater Live in HD from London, and occasional Live Indie Rock Shows. Located at 35 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA. For

Cape Cod Artisans Trails

The Shining Sea Trail beckons, no less so the Great Dunes Trail: seven trails in all, crisscrossing Cape Cod and the Islands, with artists and craftspeople in every medium scattered like beach glass. More than 200 destinations will tug at you, tempting you to wander into working studios and elegant

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has a threefold identity: a museum of natural history, a nature education center, and a steward of conservation land. It serves to preserve, exhibit, and interpret its own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. It also collaborates

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Cape Cod Rail Trail

The Cape Cod Rail Trail is 26 miles (one way) from Dennis to Wellfleet. Pick up the trail at Salt Pond Visitor Center.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Ten years ago, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a flat, 28-mile dedicated bike trail, was almost seen as a hazard by the state. Now

Captain Lord Mansion

This grand, Federal-style inn immerses guests in a 200-year-old, sumptuously decorated sea captain’s mansion but pampers them with 21st-century amenities, including complimentary WiFi, iPhone docks, and in-house spa services. Rates: from $239. Best Sea Captain’s Mansion–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015Romantic shout-out: This venerable inn, called Kennebunkport’s “stateliest and most sumptuously appointed”

Carriage Roads, Acadia National Park

Pedal into the heart of Acadia National Park on 45 mapped and signposted miles of car-free, crushed-stone carriage roads, punctuated by 17 handsome granite-faced bridges and two gatehouses. Best Mountain Biking-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Best BikingPedal up to 45 miles of well-signed, crushed-rock carriage roads weaving though Acadia National Park’s woodlands.

Casey’s Diner

Best FranksOne of the earliest Worcester Lunch Car diners still in service, this narrow little 10-stool eatery was built in 1922 and acquired by the Casey family in 1925. They’ve been serving their famous steamed hot dogs ever since. If no stools are available, there’s always the take-out window.– Yankee

Castle Hill Inn and Resort

Castle Hill Inn & Resort is all very F. Scott Fitzgerald: a rolling hill covered in a rich carpet of emerald-green grass, cascading to the water’s edge; sun-filled patio and a sea of umbrellas; the regulars in crisp linens and print sundresses sipping champagne and discussing whose yacht is in

Catamount Trail Association

Vermont’s Catamount Trail stretches 300 miles over remote wilderness tracts, groomed Nordic ski and snowshoe trails, snowmobile trails, and old logging roads. The Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen, Vermont, was built in 1813 as a lodging house for loggers; a sheep farm was established on the property sometime later. Today

Champlin’s Seafood Deck

Besides “basic” stuffies, these folks also offer “casino stuffies” with bacon and “Portuguese stuffies” with chourico and a hint of green pepper.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011In Galilee and Point Judith, the big-cahuna seafood shacks; don’t miss the “stuffies” (stuffed clams).–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Charlestown Breachway

A family-friendly strip of sand that’s known for sweet swells, beautiful views of Block Island, and—best of all—smaller crowds. If you’re staying a while, on the east side is a camping area for self-contained RVs. You’ll find some of the best saltwater fishing in South County, too. Voted Best Low-Key

Chatham Band Concerts

Chatham Band Concerts

BEST BAND CONCERTSJust as they have for more than 60 years, the members of the Chatham Band don their red uniforms and break out their sheet music at Kate Gould Park on Friday nights. The 2015 Season begins on July 3rd and runs every Friday Night through September 4th. They

Chatham Pier Fish Market

Served in takeout containers, this chowder puts on no airs. But it has incredible fresh-from-the-sea flavor, a hint of smoke from the bacon, and just the right amount of milk to thicken it without overwhelming it.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier

Chauncey Creek is a great place to BYOB and tuck into meaty, fresh lobsters imported daily from Canada’s cold waters.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012Set on a colorful dock along a quiet estuary just off Route 103 in Kittery, Chauncey’s seems miles away from the hubbub of Kittery’s factory outlets. Bring your

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock was founded in 1897 in Chelsea, Massachusetts and is one of the largest and oldest clock manufacturers in the U.S. It was originally named the “Eastman Clock Company” after its founder, Joseph Eastman, who had been previously associated with the Harvard and Boston Clock companies. For more than

Children’s Couture

Designer Mary-Alice Dalton applies couture-quality details to her “Victoria Rose” dress ($145 and up) and coordinating “Shaped Brim” hat ($48).–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Chez Vachon

This place gets it right: The fries are crispy, and the mild cheddar curds are just beginning to melt under the chicken gravy, which is black-pepper spicy.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010Chez Vachon’s poutine was chosen as a favorite food pick. Crispy French fries sprinkled with cheese curds and smothered in gravy:

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center

On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger roared off the launch pad with six astronauts and Christa McAuliffe-a Concord, New Hampshire, high-school teacher and the first private citizen selected to experience space flight.Space Shuttle Challenger brakes up 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center.At the McAuliffe Challenger Learning Center

Christmas Revels

The Christmas Revels, a winter-solstice celebration of folksong and dance, began 39 years ago this season–long enough in the past that some kids who sang in the first Revels productions have appeared later on stage as adults, while others have seen kids of their own join the chorus. For years,


Claire’s, in its first year of operation won a spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot Tables” list. Fifty local investors put up a thousand bucks apiece to help get it started, and they’re taking their money back out in the form of dinners.And what dinners they are: Some weeks, local

Clark’s Trading Post

Founded in 1928, Ed Clark’s Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch gradually morphed from souvenirs and canines to bear acts. Today, this roadside attraction has evolved into an entertainment resort that features not only trained-bear shows but a facsimile 19th-century village, an authentic wood-fired steam train that takes visitors chugging through the

Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah

The multicoloured Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah were formed by glaciers more than 100 million years ago. Rising 150 feet from the ocean, the Cliffs are quite am impressive sight. A National Historic Landmark owned by the Wampanoag Indians, the Cliffs provide a tremendous place for sightseeing, but it is illegal

Clay Head Trail

Block Island’s pristine beauty comes into full bloom on this 1.5-mile walk along high bluffs. Migratory birds, seal sightings, and blooming shadbush will have you coming back for seconds. Begins off the north end of Corn Neck Road, about 2 miles from town.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Clipper Merchant

Best 5 Teahouses: While Jacqueline’s in Freeport and MacNab’s in Boothbay get more attention, this new Maine arrival deserves mention. In a 180-year-old, impeccably decorated Carpenter Gothic home, this cozy setting (open April through mid-December) offers an impressive tea list and homemade food. Reservations recommended.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010BEST TEA

Coastal Growers Market

Best 5–Farmers’ MarketsCasey Farm, a Historic New England-owned organic CSA operation, boasts sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, giving its free-range cows and pigs some of the best real estate in the Ocean State. The staff tends the fields and sells the bounty at the market, along with dozens of other

Colby Hill Inn

Part inn, part highly regarded restaurant, with a little romance stirred in, this historic 1797 property operated as Bartlett’s Tavern. More recently (since 2003), it’s been a consistent Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner. A touch of rusticity meets comfy elegance in the inn’s decor, especially in the carriage-house suites,


Beautiful beach-themed furnishings and accessories.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has performed for more than one million audience members in its 18 year history! Best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, Commonwealth Shakespeare is a non-profit organization founded in 1996when Artistic Director Steven Maler collaborated with the City of Boston, the Boston Parks and

Connecticut Antiques Trail

The broad, mile-long Main Street of Woodbury, Connecticut, is lined with remarkable historic homes built since the town’s settlement in 1673, each more beautifully restored than the next. It seems that nearly every house in Woodbury, long known for its antiques shops, has a sign beckoning you inside. Many of

Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol

The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford is a Federal-style restoration that comes alive with guides in period costume and Joseph Steward’s Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities (including a unicorn’s horn, a mummy’s hand, and a two-headed calf). Nearby, at the gold-domed State Capitol (860- 240-0222; cga.ct.gov/capitoltours), you can

Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad

Unless you’ve ridden the Conway Scenic Railroad through Crawford Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in autumn — chugging through the color, across a trestle so narrow that it seems to have no visible means of support, spanning a rushing stream 94 feet below — you’ve never seen the region

Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Best 5: CinemasThe Coolidge has carved out a national reputation while sinking its roots into the local community. Originally the sanctuary of a church constructed in 1906, the building was renovated and leased as a movie theater in 1933. When demolition threatened in 1989, the townspeople rallied to preserve

Copley Square

Copley Square

Copley Square is located in Boston’s Back Bay, and it is the quintessential town square. Named for painter John Singleton Copley, festivals, farmers’ markets, concerts, and gatherings of all sorts have been held in Copley Square for years. And it’s the prime place for sight-seeing: Trinity Church, Boston Public Library,

Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Best 5–Farmers’ MarketsA bustling site in the heart of downtown Boston, it’s a tempting lunchtime destination. With park benches galore, ample lawn space, and shady trees, Copley Square is an ideal picnic spot, and the market offers a diverse selection of ready-to-eat treats. Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-6pm, May-November.–Yankee Magazine, July/August

Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market

Best Farmers’ Markethe state’s largest opportunity for fresh food and fun: From June to October, booths line the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead, showcasing weekly themes such as wine, art, honey, and salsa.Equal parts country fair and farmers’ market, it feels like a momentous celebration, with cooking demonstrations, sustainable-living

CraftBoston Holiday

Our region’s granddaddy holiday event, with more than 90 carefully chosen artists represented. Such prestige means high quality and generally higher prices, though SAC does highlight items under $100.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011


A must-visit boutique featuring locally created clothes, jewelry, and art.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012Founded in 2002 as a pop-up shop, Craftland has occupied a bright storefront space for four years and is a mainstay of Providence’s creative crowd. With works by 100 artists from New England and beyond, there’s plenty to


November 19-20This annual juried crafts bonanza features more than 160 metal, fiber, wood, paper, and clay artisans, with all admissions net profits to benefit local charities.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Crane Beach

For sheer scenic beauty, no New England strand tops Crane Beach’s 4 miles of soft, white sand, against a backdrop of undulating dunes, piping plovers, and the mansion at Castle Hill for company. If you walk a bit, you’ll find a private spot, even in high summer. Locals caution

Crow’s Nest

Nestled next to Apponaug Cove, near a marina, this local favorite has been in business since the ’60s. Personal favorites include the peel-and-eat shrimp, steamers, and clam cakes.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Crowley Cheese Factory

This dairy, our family favorite, has been making cheese in small batches, by hand, since 1824. It’s the cheddar that gets sliced and served with our Thanksgiving apple pie and the block that gets grated for Aunt Roxie’s mac-and-cheese. Check the Web site to see when folks there are cheddaring–they

Crush Boutique

On Charles Street in Boston: The shopping gods pull me into Crush Boutique for women’s cocktail frocks and designer denim, and then up to Moxie for pretty-butcomfy shoes. They’ll take me all the way down the street to Scampo at The Liberty Hotel for one of chef Lydia Shire’s crispy

Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University

This carefully curated collection showcases the varied elements of cooking and cuisine across five centuries.Examples of fine service pieces and cutlery include silver sandwich boxes, knife rests, and egg guillotines—all just one room away from still-life images of the humble early New England kitchen, the center of the home (where

Culinary Walking Tour

Explore Portland’s historic Old Port and sample the foods that define coastal Maine, from artisanal cheeses to seafood to whoopie pies.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Currier Museum of Art

Currier Museum of Art

Here you’ll find works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth, and more, plus decorative arts and fine examples of New Hampshire’s historic craft tradition, as well as tours of nearby Zimmerman House (reservations required), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Voted Best Art Museum. The Currier Museum of Art, the state’s largest

Currier’s Quality Market

The Best 5: Vermont Country StoresStuffed forest animals lurk in and above the aisles, handy ways to direct customers to specific groceries. Mailboxes and sporting supplies are beyond the 948-pound moose.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Dan & Whit’s General Store

The Best 5: Vermont Country Stores“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it” remains a store credo, covering woodstoves to Cheerios to chicken feed.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Danforth Pewterers

The “Mariner” pewter oil lamp ($180) is designed with a stable base in the shape of a ship’s decanter.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011Back in the 1970s, Vermont was a mecca for young craftspeople. Two of the most successful were Fred and Judi Danforth, who launched Danforth Pewterers more than 30


Although far from their native Maryland, the crab cakes here are just that: sumptuous crabmeat with very little else as filler holding it together. Two make a great meal. The calming view of the Contoocook River keeps everything at a gentle and peaceful pace.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

A “Works Special Edition” quilt in sunflower/dandelion ($1200 twin size) by Denyse Schmidt, made in the historic factory building that once housed the American Fabrics Company, adds warmth to chilly summer evenings.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010Housed in a former textile factory, this space is ground zero for the modern quilting movement,

Dinners at the Farm

The matter-of-factly named “Dinners at the Farm” series began four years ago when Jonathan Rapp, chef and owner of the acclaimed River Tavern in Chester, Connecticut, and co-founders Chip Dahlke and Drew McLachlan envisioned bringing fine dining right to the fields. “We wanted to cook directly at the source,” Rapp

Decor Craft Inc.

Never lose keys again! Leave them dangling on a sweet little key-hook board ($15 suggested retail) and label them with colorful key toppers (three for $6 suggested retail).– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Dog Mountain

Let your best friend romp leashless through the fields and take a plunge in the pond; then pause for a moment of reflection at Stephen Huneck’s incomparable Dog Chapel. Best Dog Destination-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015BEST DOG DAY AFTERNOONLet your best pal romp the fields leash-free and take a plunge in

Dolphin Chowder House

Dolphin Chowder House

At the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant, you can dine on Maine coastal fare, including Maine lobster dinners, fresh, local seafood, and hand-cut steaks. The waterfront location offers outstanding views of Casco Bay and its many islands. Located on the tip of Basin Point, South Harpswell, and at the water’s edge

Downtown Hartford Tour

Explore the Connecticut capital’s historic gems, including the Old State House, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Bushnell Park, and other attractions on this 90-minute tour.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Doyle Sailmakers

At Doyle Sailmakers, a timeless craft meets cutting-edge technology. On the open seas the results are breathtaking. The new Doyle loft in Salem, Massachusetts, anchors a globespanning company.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Doyle’s Pub

No, it’s not the bar where everybody knows your name, but Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, which first opened its doors in 1882, is the watering hole to go to if you want to drench yourself in Boston political history, the city’s Irish heritage, or, you know, any of the

Drop In & Decorate

These days, Walshin is connecting in ways she never imagined. She’s established a nonprofit, aptly called “Drop In & Decorate,” around the whole endeavor. She hosts cookie-decorating get-togethers during the holidays as well as in early May, just before Mother’s Day. More impressively, she’s inspired others to follow her lead.



Durgin-Park is one of those places you have to see when you come to Boston. Its great New England menu is one of the best, and the Boston Baked Beans are the best you’ll ever have. Known for its communal dining and surly waitresses, the place has changed just a

East Beach

Brilliant and expansive, with views of Watch Hill Lighthouse.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

East Ferry Market and Deli

Across from the ferry landing, which takes in a view of Newport and the Pell Bridge over Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, this spot is “the office” to its regulars, because so much local business gets done here. This father/daughter operation is known for its fresh muffins and a great crab-salad

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

America’s “Sixth Great Lake” and environs are the focus of this waterfront resource, where visitors come face to face with Champlain’s denizens. Learn about the area’s ecological history, shipwrecks, and of course the legendary monster, “Champ.” (The name stands for Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity.) Best Place to Learn the

El Mexicano

The creations here feature layers of rice and beans, plus sparkling-fresh cilantro and chopped onions, along with a choice of meats (chicken, beef, or four pork variations) or just cheese. Just as important: They’re expertly rolled, so that the flour tortilla weaves between the filling ingredients, with far less spillage

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy oversees the Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts. The park system is more than seven miles long from end to end. The Necklace gets its name from the way the planned chain appears to hang

Empire Grill

Never underestimate the power of the gift of $1.49’s worth of sugar, batter, and blueberries. Being handed a free muffin is an auspicious event. It’s so great, in fact, that at the Empire Grill in Skowhegan, Maine, there’s an endowment—an actual endowment—to make sure it happens to at least one


A Nantucket sunset cruise aboard the Endeavor with Captain James Genth ner is a lesson in beauty and local history. Captain Genthner built this wooden Friendship sloop himself, and his respect for his vessel runs as deep as his respect for the island waters he sails. As the summer sun

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is truly a four-seasons resort. You won’t run out of things to do here, with a world-class spa, golf course, and even fly fishing, there is something for everyone. Located in Manchester Village, Vermont, you are in the heart of everything outdoors: skiing, hiking, sight-seeing,

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The Carle opened in 2002, promising to “celebrate the art we know first.” The Carle shares the same simple mission as the books it promotes–getting children to think—so the paintings are only the beginning. No child’s trip through the Carle is complete without stopping at the craft room—overflowing with paper,

Evelyn’s Drive-In

Our smallest state knows a thing or two about clams, especially “stuffies,” and this place treats them well. Boaters of all types pull in and tie up for lunch and dinner here on Nannaquaket Pond.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Ever So Humble Pie Company

“We make it, you bake it” is this bakery’s motto. The folks here sell frozen, ready-to-bake pies in 5-, 8-, and 10-inch rounds. Their apple variety pairs local fruit with brown sugar and spices and heaps them high. Their “squmpkin” pie (frozen but fully prebaked), above, fills a pastry shell

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

It’s a window on the wide world, Victorian-style. The Romanesque Revival Fairbanks boasts an astoundingly eclectic hoard of natural science, ethnology, and Vermont-history treasures—an old-style “cabinet of curiosities” writ large. Upstairs, the state’s only public planetarium offers state-of-the-art star shows. Best Small City Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Victorian cabinets in the

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a nationally-recognized shopping bonanza in downtown Boston. Visitors love the well-known brand-name shops as well as local favorites, and there are no shortages of places to eat. After you’ve been to Urban Outfitters, Crabtree & Evelyn, Wicked Good Cupcakes, and Newbury Comics, stop by Boston Pretzel,

Farmer Brown’s Farm Stand

Farmer Bob Brown and his wife, Kathy, have found their true calling in the chowder they serve at this year-round market. It’s a thick, stick-to-your-ribs style, supremely creamy, but fresh and brimming with clams.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Farmington River Tubing

Only 20 miles from Hartford, where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) penned his classic Huckleberry Finn, is the chance to float down the Farmington on bright-yellow inner tubes. Your stretch of the 81-mile-long river is two and a half miles, beginning at Satan’s Kingdom Gorge. You’ll encounter a few ripples, but

Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s Role in American Art by offering a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection, you will always find something new and exciting on display view

Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards

Sparkling and still ciders are crafted from heirloom apples at Poverty Hill Orchards overlooking the Connecticut River. Sales and tastings during the fall; ciders are available at markets throughout New England. July is pick-your-own berry season.Steve Wood and Louisa Spencer operate Farnum Hill Ciders, and Poverty Lane Orchards.Steve and Louisa

Federal Hill

Federal Hill, a Rhode Island attraction with a wide variety of fun things to do, including dining and shopping, has been called the “Heartbeat of Providence.” Come down and check it out; you’ll have a great time.Yankee Magazine July 2009Rhode Islanders love this colorful Italian neighborhood west of downtown along

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Best 100-Year-Old Baseball ParkThe oldest active Major League field, Fenway Park turns 100 this season and has earned the right to be quirky. The 37-foot wall in left field (“the Green Monster”) is an artifact of the design constraints of the 1912 lot–likewise, the short right-field foul line that ends

First Baptist Church in America

First Baptist Church in America

Come to the First Baptist Church in America to see the towering white spire of the 1775 meetinghouse. Built in 1774 to 1775, this church was the largest building project in New England at that time. The building, 80 x 80 feet, seated 1,200 people, equal to one third of

Flo’s Clam Shack

Local surfers and beachgoers have long known that few things surpass the fried clams here, across from Newport’s Easton’s Beach—hot and crispy on the outside, sweet and briny inside.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse became the epicenter of American Impressionism when she hosted preeminent painters in the early 20th century. This 11-acre museum complex strives to remain Creativity Central, with a packed calendar of programs like Make-a-Painting Sundays, Art Bar happy-hour workshops, outdoor festivals, and changing exhibits. Best Arts Hub–Yankee Magazine,

Floyd’s Store

The Best 5: Vermont Country StoresThe 1912 cash register works, and customers warm the rockers by the potbelly stove that doesn’t. Check the magazine swap shelf. Staples include penny candy, local cheeses, and veterinary supplies.Yankee Magazine, September/October, 2011

Flume Gorge

The setting is certainly dramatic: 90-foot cliffs, cascading falls, and the cool dampness of a primordial forest. But there’s also something appealingly Swiss Family Robinson–like about the network of cliff-hugging boardwalks clinging to the walls of this deep granite beauty at the base of Mount Liberty. Best Easy Scenic Walk-Yankee

Flying Horses Carousel

At Watch Hill Beach, a vintage herd of tiny horses dangling on chains; costs a pittance to fly. Voted Best Carousel.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011The Flying Horse Carousel isn’t the only merry-go-round in a state known for its carousels — it’s merely the oldest and sweetest, and the only one reserved


American bistro in an elegant, casual setting. Don’t miss the seafood succotash and crab-cake-encrusted tilapia.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

Fort Hill Farms

The land here has been farmed for more than 300 years. Pick organic blueberries, wander through more than 70 display gardens, or take a class in medicinal herbs. But the highlight is a trio of soul-soothing labyrinths created with more than 1,500 lavender plants.Best Lavender Patch PlusFeel calm after circling

Four Seas Ice Cream

Four Seas Ice Cream

Four Seas Ice Cream on Cape Cod has been serving the finest homemade ice cream since 1934, founded by W. Wells Watson. It’s one of the three oldest ice cream shops in New England and was once a blacksmith shop back in the day. The store was named for part

Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park

This park is home to state treasures such as the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza and Historic Site. Voted Best State Park. Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center is dedicated to showcasing and appreciating fine Vermont craftsmanship. Frog Hollow’s Burlington gallery exhibits a one-of-a-kind collection of traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft.The Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center With upwards of 2,000 professional craftspeople at work throughout Vermont, and it’s impossible

Fruitlands Museums

Fruitlands Museums

Fruitlands Museum is a collection of small buildings on the former site of the unsuccessful utopian community called “Fruitlands.” The community was inspired by the Transcendental movement and Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott’s father. This community had ideas of self-sufficiency, but were not successful due to lack of crop


Furniturea uses local hardwood and environmentally friendly paint to create its bright-yellow double bench ($390), which does double duty as an occasional table.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Galley Beach Bar

Right on the sand; what began as a lunch shack decades ago is now an island hot spot serving casual lunches and elegant dinners to longtime residents, all manner of celebrities, and daytrippers alike.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Garden in the Woods

Garden in the Woods

The Best 5Home of the venerable New England Wild Flower Society, this intimate strolling garden features more than 1,000 native plants in their habitats. It’s best viewed in spring and early summer. The meadow shines in late summer.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010In New England Wild Flower Society’s renowned botanic garden, you’ll

George’s of Galilee

In Galilee and Point Judith, the big-cahuna seafood shacks; don’t miss the “stuffies” (stuffed clams).–Yankee Magazine, July/August, 2011

Giant’s Stairs

Good things come in small packages, and this relatively short (quarter-mile) hike offers quite the reward: unrivaled views of eastern Casco Bay and the open Atlantic, Maine’s signature rocky coastline, and the stars of the trail, ancient volcanic lava formations that look like large steps. Parking is on the north

Gibson Pewter

Jon Gibson works in the same 200-year-old barn where he learned pewtering from his father. He’s inspired by New England’s rich pewtering history–and by the historical feel of his own corner of the region. Every year since 2001, he’s made a commemorative holiday ornament (designed by local artist Roger Goode)


Rhode Island School of Design grad Asya Palatova crafts her simple-chic porcelain bowls (from $25 for a “Roly Poly” to $85 for a set of two “Organic” bowls), plus cups and plates, by hand and to order.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Goddard Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Goddard Mansion Bed and Breakfast

An 18 room English Manor home on seven acres with panoramic mountain views (stunning during foliage season) of the mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont. Near four season recreation including downhill and cross-country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and hang gliding. Also near cultural and historical activities. High speed wireless internet access,

Grafton Inn

Grafton Inn

Since 1801, the Grafton Inn in Vermont has provided the finest comforts and amenities to our guests. Located in the heart of historic Grafton Village, they have 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine. Phelps Barn

Grafton Village Cheese Company

There are many fine Cheddars being made in New England, but Grafton is special for its balance of buttery, tangy, and earthy-mushroom notes.800-472-3866. Townshend Rd., Grafton. Best bet: Go for the Gold. Mon.-Fri. 8-4, Sat.-Sun. 10-4. (www.graftonvillagecheese.com)In a state that takes pride in its cheese-making tradition, the rich, sharp cheddars

Grandma Miller’s

Named for the owner’s grandmother, this family business makes 28 different kinds of pies, any of which can be shipped frozen and unbaked. The apple-crumb variety, packs in a pound of fruit and is crowned with streusel topping. (There’s also a sugar-free version.) And especially for the holidays, don’t miss

Grant’s Kennebago Camps

Grant’s Kennebago Camps

Grant’s Kennebago Camps is the perfect Maine family vacation destination. It has modern cabins facing the lake where fantastic swimming and boating are just steps away. You’ll also enjoy nature hikes, moose sightings, canoeing, and all the outdoor fun that goes with a family camp getaway. Your accommodations include a

Great Island Trail

Spectacular views highlight this “most difficult” of the Cape Cod National Seashore trails. Sandy 6 to 8 miles round trip; check tide tables, as sections are submerged during high tide.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Green Mountain Railroad

Green Mountain Railroad

Vermont’s Green Mountain Railroad operates three vintage trains: the Green Mountain Flyer (Bellows Falls to Chester Depot); the White River Flyer (White River Junction to Thetford), and the Champlain Valley Flyer (Burlington to Charlotte). All three take in stunning views.
– Yankee Magazine, January/February 2010

Take a scenic train ride through Vermont.


H.O.P.E. now makes its home in a renovated storefront in downtown Lyndonville. Like its founder, Jodi Wheeler, it serves a lot of different kinds of needs. It’s a thrift store; it’s a food pantry; it’s an appliance shop. The downstairs level caters to new moms, while a small closet houses

Hadlock Garden/Daffodil Hill

So hidden and quiet, Hadlock Garden in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, is an intimate paradise known for bursts of daffodils on Welcome Hill Road, off Route 9 and across from the Chesterfield Inn, just up the hill from the town’s old 1772 burying ground. Leslie and Marjorie Hadlock bought the

Hammonasset Beach State Park

I’m a sand hog—I admit it. I like to stretch out on my own slice of paradise with beach towels, chairs, books, magazines, and snacks. That’s why I savor the space offered by the two-mile-long stretch of shoreline at Hammonasset. I park my car near the East Bathhouse and walk

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom has undergone many changes since it opened in 1899, but it remains one of the premier venues for fun and entertainment in the region. The Ballroom has hosted everyone from Bing Crosby to The Who. In 2010, Pollstar ranked the Casino Ballroom #23 in the

Hardy Boat Cruises

Hardy Boat Cruises

Hardy Boat Cruises offers ferry service to Monhegan Island mid-May through mid-October departing from New Harbor daily at 9 am and 2 pm and returns from the Island at 10:15 am and 3:15 pm. Our Puffin Watches to Eastern Egg Rock depart daily throughout the summer at 5:30 pm. These

Harrisville Designs

Harrisville Designs

Harrisville Designs has been spinning 100% Virgin Wool Yarn in Harrisville, New Hampshire for 40 years. Knitting, weaving, looms, felt, fleece – it’s all there! They even have classes and workshops. As one of only several woolen mills left in this country, Harrisville’s textile tradition dates back to 1794 when

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums are part of Harvard University, and consist of three museums: the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Fogg Art Museum, and the Busch-Reisinger Museum. The Sackler holds important collections of Asian art, ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine collections, and works on paper from Islamic lands and India. The Sackler

Heart of Vermont

The “Organic Moses Basket Ensemble” ($180) includes a basket woven from wildly grown palm leaves and an organic cotton futon that fits perfectly inside, plus organic sheets and receiving blankets, mattress pad, and cotton bumper and cover in any of four fabric choices.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Hen of the Wood

When it comes to regional ingredients, chef Eric Warnstedt walks the walk, which includes a stellar selection of Vermont cheeses, all served in a former grist mill located on Thatcher Brook.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Henry Farm Inn

Now a B&B, it was built in the late 1700s as a stagecoach stop on the Green Mountain Turnpike, today a quiet road on the edge of town.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens is an inspiring experience. Enjoy 100 acres of lush gardens and winding nature trails. Explore Hidden Hollow, an outdoor discovery area, or take a spin on a vintage carousel. Visit three exhibit buildings featuring antique cars and a collection of American folk art. Opening May 5,

Highfields Center for Composting

High Mowing is one of the country’s biggest organic seed companies, which means it isn’t all that big—a couple of million dollars a year in revenue. But it sure is beautiful.Tom Gilbert of Highlands Center for Composting composts more than cows; in fact, he’s pioneered a rural composting system that

Historic Tour Of Uvm

This 90-minute stroll takes walkers through the campus of the University of Vermont, the fifth-oldest university in New England; more than a dozen UVM buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Homeward Designs Cottage Style

Homeward Designs’ Cottage Style is co-owned by Jayne Ward and her daughter, Melissa Ward Messer, formerly a dancer with Boston Ballet. Here the two women collaborate on decorative, seasonal gifts for the home. “After years of watching Mom in her shops, it clicked for me,” Melissa says. “When I retired

Hood Museum of Art

Dartmouth shares its art—65,000 pieces from one of the largest college collections in the U.S.—without charging a dime. With works ranging from ancient to modern, Asian to American to West African, plus stunners such as Jose Clemente Orozco murals and 9th-century Assyrian reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Best


In Galilee and Point Judith, the big-cahuna seafood shacks; don’t miss the “stuffies” (stuffed clams).–Yankee Magazine, July/August, 2011

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

Infinity has a new big sister in Hartford now, but the original 300-seat music hall still hosts the state’s most memorable concerts. Architecturally fabulous and acoustically superb, the venue is so intimate, it feels as though living legends are performing just for you. There’s even a chance that you’ll bump

Inn at Crystal Cove

The Inn at Crystal Cove allows you to enjoy all that Boston has to offer without actually staying inside the city. In fact, the views from the Inn are incredible – you can see Boston Harbor and the city’s skyline! The Inn will provide complete living facilities, including a fully-equipped

Inn at Ellis River

Inn at Ellis River

Hosted by Lyn Norris-Baker and Frank Baker (a university professor and a civil engineer). “The quiet, relaxed, cozy atmosphere makes this a great romantic retreat,” says Yankee Magazine. The inn borders the Ellis River, with beautiful mountain views. Uniquely decorated rooms offer period furnishings and many amenities, including fireplaces, two-person

Inn at Lower Farm Bed & Breakfast

All rooms are bright and spacious, with white, stencil-trimmed walls, pleasingly painted 18th-century woodwork, comfortable seating, and good-size bathrooms.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Mary and Jon Wilska’s 1740 farmhouse feels like a retreat, yet it’s close enough to the beach and casino to feel close to the action. If you’re just flat-out

Inn at Valley Farms

Here’s a 105-acre family-friendly organic farm with guestrooms, cottages, and even a rental farmhouse. Get a taste of the farm experience (gather eggs! pet cashmere goats!) and then retire to your pretty, antiques-filled bedroom. In the morning, get fortified with a candlelit, three-course, farm-to-table breakfast. Rates: from $195. Best Historic

Inn Victoria

Inn Victoria

Welcome to our home, rated as Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice (2009). Relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of this magnificent romantic victorian home and the community of Chester, VT. Your romantic getaway can easily include: hiking trails, shopping, waterfalls, covered bridges, GREAT food, fly fishing, hot tubs, wine and cheese

International Cryptozoology Museum

An 8-foot-tall Bigfoot greets visitors at Loren Coleman’s museum. He’s a renowned expert in cryptozoology, the story of hidden animals, such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman. Open by appointment.Loren Coleman is both the International Cryptozoology Museum’s tour guide and its main attraction. The exhibits serve as

International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino was founded by tennis pioneer James Van Alen in 1954. It is the site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881 and was officially sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association in 1954 and was recognized by the International

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays a vast collection from one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. Gardner was a philanthropist and

J. K. Adams Co.

This “Heritage Collection” hickory serving board ($56) is inspired by enduring 18th-century design principles; a high-quality pie roller (10×17/8-inch $12) comes in handy for holiday baking.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010BEST KITCHEN WOODENWARECutting boards, pizza peels, salad bowls–all crafted in Vermont and made to last. Full line of non-wooden kitchen items, too.

J. T. Farnham’s

There’s a lot of competition for fried clams in this neck of the woods, but hyper-fresh seafood, lack of pretense, and an Essex Salt Marsh location make us opt for this side of the street.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010It’s not strictly necessary, but a slight sunburn and some post–Crane Beach sand

J’s Oyster

J’s may be the last of Portland’s salty, divey seafood houses. Casco Bay and the urban working waterfront are right outside the door: condos, cruise ships, and bait houses.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Jane Pickens Theater

Built in 1834 as the Zion Episcopal Church, it was renamed “The Strand” in 1919 and became Newport’s center for film. In 1974, longtime owner Joe Jarvis renamed the theater “Jane Pickens” after a New York singing star and Newport socialite. Today it’s a modern movie theatre exhibiting the latest

Jasper Hill Farm

Andy and Mateo Kehler were already making award-winning cheeses at their Jasper Hill Farm, but they knew that many of their small-scale colleagues around the region had trouble storing and shipping their products. So when they were building a facility for their own stuff, they just kept building; it’s now

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Country Inn

Don’t let the “country inn” moniker fool you. These hotel suites, each with kitchenette, king-size bed, and queen-size sleeper, are contemporary ski-slope digs. The summer Adventure Park offers thrills and spills, but the pool and hot tubs might be enough for many travelers. Rates: from $169. BEST MOUNTAIN LODGING-Yankee Magazine

John Brown House

A three-floor Georgian estate anchoring the southern end of Providence’s historic College Hill neighborhood.– Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012You can see a root that grew through the remains of Roger Williams and supposedly took on his shape.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

John Carter Brown Library

This independently funded institution on the Brown University Green in Providence, Rhode Island, is dedicated to maintaining and continuing its namesake’s private collection of rare books and manuscripts. In 1846, John Carter Brown (son of Nicholas Brown Jr., for whom the university is named) turned his attention and his fortune

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

2015 is a banner year for the museum, with the arrival of 500 hours of restored historical footage and the adjacent Edward M. Kennedy Institute. There’s also a new exhibit devoted to Jacqueline Kennedy’s years in the White House, highlighted by her own narration and never-before-seen artifacts. Best Historical Landmark-Yankee

John Hay Library

The John Hay and John Carter Brown libraries hold astonishing collections of rare and ancient texts, and they frequently display curated exhibits of their finest holdings.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Johnson Hall Museum

Bill Johnson’s lifelong collecting obsession has created an unforgettable, unknown museum.An array of buildings and countless hundreds of antiques and relics of cultural pop art.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Jordan Pond House

The view of Jordan Pond and across it to the two “Bubbles” mountains offers plenty of reason to visit, but the popovers with strawberry jam are legendary.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010BEST MAINE TRADITIONAfter hiking one of Acadia’s peaks or biking the carriage trails, reward yourself with tea and popovers ($9.25) on

Katahdin Cruises

Katahdin Cruises

Katahdin Cruises invites you to board the Katahdin, a steamship built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works, for a three-hour cruise on Moosehead lake. “The Kate,” as the boat is called, travels up the lake 12 miles to the widest part just north of Deer and Sugar Islands, the largest

Keepsake Quilting

Everything you need to turn ideas into artful reality is under one roof.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Best Fabric FestFabric aficionados flock to the annual sale here (June 1-2 this year), when tents are filled with bargains and a chance to fill your own scrap bag for under $5. If you can’t


For a place that branded itself on its meat, Kelly’s does surprisingly well with seafood. We found a sprightly, creamy broth, rich in potatoes; it’s a bit lighter on the clams, but fully aromatic and delicious. Locations in Allston, Danvers, Medford, Natick, Revere (where it all began), and Saugus.–Yankee Magazine,

Kingdom Trails

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKINGPull into the parking lot next to Mountain View Creamery and you’ll find cars with license plates from all over the Northeast and Canada. They’ve made the long drive to East Burke to ride atop rolling countryside, past hundred-year-old barns, along streams, and under tall pines, all on

Kitchen Little

Tables on the water make this a local favorite on the Mystic River. Start your day with the “S’medley”—eggs with cheese, fried potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, and onions.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Koo de Kir

Koo de Kir (on the corner of Chestnut Street)is aa cool-but-unpretentious spot stocked with sleek, contemporary home furnishings and accessories that work seamlessly with all manner of classic pieces.– Yankee Magazine January/February 2010

Krempels Center

Today, the Krempels Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a premier post-rehab facility for those who’ve suffered through brain trauma. Stroke victims, car accident survivors, people who’ve battled back from brain tumors–three days a week, eight hours a day, residents from around the Seacoast stream into its headquarters.–Yankee Magazine, November/December

Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery Downtown

This mother/daughter operation uses recipes from family and friends, including a cranberry-raisin pie bursting with fruit. Their chocolate cream pie is a rich yet not-too-sweet pudding topped with a blizzard of whipped cream.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

The L.L. Bean Flagship Store is the source for everything outdoors. L.L.Bean is synonymous for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment, and expert advice for more than 100 years. Its products are recognized around the world and the customer service representation is without a doubt the best in the business. Open

La Gondola

It’s an authentic Venetian gondola ride without the plane ticket. As serenading boatmen steer these graceful river craft, many an endearment has been whispered. Bring your own bottle of bubbly to sip as the city’s sights light up at night. WaterFire evenings—the ultimate in romance—are booked far in advance. From

Lago Costa Cucina

Big steaks Italian style, as well as delicate pasta dishes and terrific seafood options, right on Meredith Bay (part of Lake Winnipesaukee) at The Inn at Bay Point.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries have been crossing the waters of Lake Champlain since 1826. Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest lake in the United States, reaching a maximum width of 12 miles and depths of more than 300 feet, and Lake Champlain Transportation Company ferries have been getting people to and from

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is an amazing place to see a wide array of inland nautical exhibits. Climb aboard the replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II docked at the scenic waterfront. Explore some of the Lake Champlain’s more than 300 historic shipwrecks in the Nautical Archaeology Center and learn from the

Lake Morey Resort

The water is the heart of all the activity at this family getaway, and that includes meals. The dining room is 15 feet from the shoreline; the menu highlighting New American cuisine includes fresh, seasonal Vermont produce and locally raised pork with apple–raisin chutney.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Lake Umbagog

Umbagog straddles the New Hampshire/Maine border in Error, New Hampshire, and gets its name from the Abenaki word for “shallow water.” Errol has grown slightly in recent years, with the recreation industry its chief engine. Fishermen, canoeists, and kayakers now all vie for spots under the bridge amid the frothy

Lake Willoughby

Lake Willoughby sits in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, its southern end wedged spectacularly between a pair of shaggy, slouchy mountains that flank the lake like bookends. Mountains have the merit of always adding grandeur to a landscape, and when mixed with a shimmering expanse of water, the whole scene can approach

Lake’s Lampshades

For 20 years Judy Lake, a Vermont crafter, has been transforming old lamps into new by creating one-of-a-kind shades.The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life(Potter Craft/Crown Publishing Group, 2009; $27.50–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Latitudes Waterfront Dining

Latitudes Waterfront Dining at the historic Wentworth by the Sea hotel is just the spot.The vista from the restaurant’s tall windows or teak deck includes New Castle Island (one of our nation’s oldest settlements) and the endless sea. The menu uses local ingredients in a variety of disciplines that all

Le Petit Cafe

Best Little BistroA warm welcome and prix-fixe perfection with inexhaustible variations; each week’s menu is another four-course eating adventure. Regulars relish the duck cassoulet and rely on chef Roy Ip and his family for special-occasion dining.Four-course country French, loaded with Parisian charm.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Le Petit Cafe is, as its

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

Craftspeople overrun the foothills of Mount Sunapee for this annual crafts-fair blowout, oldest and best in the country. For nine days in August, 350 of the country’s best artisans pitch a tent city and show us everything they’ve got. Best Crafts Fair-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015More than 200 of the Granite

Liv’s Oyster Bar

Stylish seafood and heirloom veggies in a renovated movie theater.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Here, you can slurp down icy shellfish or sample the fish-centric menu. We quite like the oyster sampler, followed by Stonington scallops with lobster risotto. House-made desserts include Key-lime white-chocolate tart and cafe au lait cheesecake.


Since the 1800s, Boston’s Locke-Ober restaurant has been serving New England cuisine to well-heeled Bostonians in search of elegance. For years it was a men-only establishment, so the steak au poivre and lobster dishes became a rite of passage for the male graduates of our local colleges and the place

Long Hill

To the north, a haze of color washes over the gardens at Long Hill in Beverly, Massachusetts, and at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, a sprawling property that’s been around since 1872, a partnership between Harvard University and the city. Think Central Park on Miracle-Gro. Giant tree canopies; kids with hula hoops;

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

Today, as a nonprofit educational and charitable trust administered by a nonpaid board of trustees,it’s the oldest operating inn in America. If you haven’t been there, well, you must go. Stop by the old-fashioned grist mill across the road, too. It still grinds wheat, corn, and rye for the inn’s

Longnook Beach

I like to arrive at Longnook in the earlymorning, while the fog still casts a hazy glaze over the water. Joined by surfers and dog walkers, I stroll down the sandy path to the soft, white beach. Then I glance back at the towering tan and red dunes, realizing instantly

Louis’ Lunch

Louis’ Lunch was the first to serve hamburgers and steak sandwiches. According to family legend, one day in 1900, a local businessman rushed into this small New Haven lunch wagon and pleaded for a quick lunch to go. Louis Lassen, the establishment’s owner, placed his own blend of ground steak

Maine Birding Trail

Not surprisingly, the Atlantic puffin is on the cover of the Maine Birding Trail brochure. The trail is a collection of 82 sites across eight different topographical regions, from 239-acre Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, a favorite of warbler watchers in mid-May, to the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park, where you’ll find

Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage’s small “Cubbie Case” ($1,290) is artisan-crafted of renewable hardwood and finished in your choice of 40 cheery (and low-VOC) paint shades; wicker “Monday Baskets” ($150) fit perfectly inside.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Maine Huts & Trails

Maine has now become one of the nation’s premier destinations for hut-to-hut cross-country skiing, thanks to two new backcountry systems: Maine Huts & Trails in the state’s western mountains and the Appalachian Mountain Club huts, about 40 miles (as the crow flies) farther northeast, outside Greenville, in Moosehead Lake country.Maine

Maine Island Trail Association

Spreading a low-impact ethic, Welch says, is among MITA’s chief accomplishments over the past 20 years. MITA is now really more of a conservation group with a recreational element, rather than the other way around. From the beginning, MITA has sent out volunteers in empty skiffs, which return hours later

Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum

Spread out on 20 riverside acres are five original 19th-century buildings from the Percy & Small Shipyard, a late-Victorian home, a contemporary museum, and plentiful hands-on exhibits detailing Maine’s rich seafaring heritage. Reserve in advance for a Bath Iron Works yard tour. Best Maritime Museum-Yankee Magazine May/April 2015Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Sea Salt Company

Some of the best natural, seasoned, and smoked sea salts (4-ounce grinder $8.49-$9.99; 6-ounce glass jar $10.49-$12) come from the coast of Maine.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010Ten years ago, while shopping at a local health-foods store one day, Steve Cook, a third-generation lobsterman from Marshfield, Maine, had an epiphany when he

Maine State Museum

Maine State Museum

Four floors of engaging permanent and temporary exhibits detailing Maine’s history, heritage, and environment. Displays in the Back to Nature exhibit range from commemorating the extinction of the passenger pigeon to tourmaline mining. Plus, you can’t beat the price: $2 adults; children under 18 $1. Best History Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June

Maine’s Pantry

Keep bottles of Maine-made aged balsamic vinegar ($16.95) and fig balsamic and garlic dipping oils ($17.95 each) in your pantry for maximum flavor whenever you need it.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Mansion Beach

We’ve walked, biked, or driven to the northern stretch of Corn Neck Road on Block Island, then trekked a bit through the dunes, to reach the best body-surfing spot on the island. On the sandy bluff above is the foundation of Edward Searles’s mansion—hence the name Mansion Beach. Like gamblers,

Maple Landmark, Inc.

“Natural ABC Blocks” ($98 for a set of 16) and “Push N Pull” animals ($18.20 each) are made from locally harvested maple and are free of dyes and finishes.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Marginal Way

Since its inception in 1925, this leisurely (and now paved) 1.25-mile stroll has brought walkers up close to the rugged Maine coast. Soak in the views by taking a seat on any of the 30 memorial benches along the way. Begins at Perkins Cove or on Shore Road in downtown

Marine Specialties

So many items, so little time – check out a bridal gown or a bulletproof vest.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Best Excuse to BrowseMore than just an Army/Navy surplus store, thiscavernous fishing shed is stuffed to the rafters—literally—with a whimsical collection of things rare, practical, and outrageous. Here, your favorite clothing



Masa is Southwestern dining in Boston at its best. With a dish like Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Mole, you can’t go wrong. Masa offers an award-winning menu of “new Southwest” cuisine, combining the zest of the Southwest with the down-home flavors of New England. Masa was awarded “Best New

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has hands-on exhibits and activities focusing on space science, astronomy, and aviation include a space shuttle simulator.Inspiration, aspiration, and we have lift-off … The examples of teacher Christa McAuliffe and astronaut Alan B. Shepard show kids how—and why—to reach for the stars. Check out the night

Memories Ice Cream

Set on a winding country road just outside historic Exeter, Memories offers at least 35 flavors to enjoy while sitting on the porch or wandering around the nearby farmlands. Even the single scoops are big enough to satisfy, but hey, go for it: Try the special flavors, such as “Bananas

Meritage & Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

Chef Daniel Bruce is known from coast to coast, and it has nothing to do with the expansive views of the water from his two fine-dining spots at the Boston Harbor Hotel. In the summer, a floating barge out front offers live music and movie screenings.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Merrill Auditorium

The Kotzschmar Organ, at Merrill Auditorium, is a fitting symbol of Portland, Maine—a community that, although only 64,000 residents strong, refuses to be a musical suburb of Boston. Its tradition of symphonic self-sufficiency is largely credited to Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th-century Prussian immigrant who for 50 years brought the best

Middlebury Inn

Middlebury Inn

The Middlebury Inn is about as picturesque and charming as it gets. Since 1827, the Inn has hosted guests with its classic and historic enchantment. And now it has all of the modern-day comforts that visitors have come to expect, including fine dining, a day spa, a pub, and meeting

Misquamicut Beach

Seven miles of family fun, with water slides, carousel, free Tuesday movies, concerts, and bonfires.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Misty Valley Books

Committed to fine reading – new and classic.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012This independent bookseller offers frequent author’s readings and hosts a “New Voices” weekend at a church in Stone Village in January, featuring first-time novelists. Past flyers for this event paper the walls in the store’s “Archives” (the bathroom), picturing a

Mix Cafe & Bakery

From the granola to the English muffins–even the chocolate milk and the cranberry cocktail (made with locally grown berries)–it’s all from scratch.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

Mohawk Trail Association

Mohawk Trail Association

Blaze the Highway of History and discover the wonderful world of adventure waiting for you in the four season vacation land along the Mohawk Trail.Stretching from the Massachusetts-New York line to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River, is the actual 63 mile East-West highway.Since it opened in 1914, the heart

Monadnock Berries

The expansive setting, with majestic Mount Monadnock in the foreground, is as delicious as the grape-sized blueberries clustered on row after row of bushes. The rustic cafe/gift shop provides a quick pick-me-up before you hit the outdoors for a full range of PYO delectables: gooseberries, currants, and blackberries, oh my.

Monadnock State Park

Monadnock State Park is located in the area around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands, Mount Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities.BEST CLIMB FOR FAMILIESPerhaps it’s the proximity to Boston (only a 90-minute drive) or

Monhegan Boat Line

Monhegan Boat Line

Monhegan Boat Line is the year round ferry service to Monhegan Island, providing three trips daily during the summer. We also offer three Coastal Discovery Cruises: A Puffin/Nature trip which includes an exciting lobster trap hauling demonstration before you head out to Eastern Egg Rock to see the Puffins, a

Moody’s Diner

About halfway up the Maine shoreline on Route 1 in Waldoboro, you’ll find Moody’s Diner, a seemingly run-of-the-mill roadside eatery—that is, until you try the Grape-Nut pudding. No frills, no bells or whistles—just good, honest Yankee seacoast cooking.–Yankee Magazine, September/October, 2010207-832-7468. Rte. 1, Waldoboro. (www.moodysdiner.com)

Morano Gelato

We’re in trouble. Or would be, if we lived within a 20-mile radius of such heavenly temptation. The freshly-made-each-morning Sicilian gelato here comes in bright flavors that are shockingly delicious: Florentine cream, hazelnut, pistachio, and dark chocolate, with sorbettos like raspberry and Concord grape that startle the tongue. Our professional

Morse’s Kraut Haus

What began in 1918 as a business selling farm-fresh sauerkraut has morphed into a cafe serving Old World favorites and comfort foods (such as pierogi, sauer braten, borscht, and blintzes), plus a market jam-packed with hard-to-find European meats, cheeses, and specialty foods, local artisanal breads, and Morse’s own products. Breakfasts:

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive offers stunning, 3,848-feet-above- sea- level views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire, and Taconic Mountain ranges. As the longest, privately owned paved road in the United States, the 5.2 mile Skyline Drive is peppered with many vistas and areas for picnics and photographs. Don’t miss the

Mount Washington Auto Road

New England’s highest peak—6,288 feet—Mount Washington claims some of the world’s worst weather and the second-highest wind speed ever recorded. The eight-mile drive to the top is a hair-raiser; drop-away vistas on fair-weather days are stupendous, with visibility up to 130 miles and views of New York and the Atlantic.

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

The candlelit tables surrounded by bins holding 6,500 bottles are undeniably romantic. Food such as lobster–scallop stew and roasted locally farmed venison fit the elegant setting. Gentlemen will want a jacket and ladies will like a wrap, as the wine cellar stays cool all year round. Voted Best Wine Cellar


The shopping gods pull me into Crush Boutique for women’s cocktail frocks and designer denim, and then up to Moxie for pretty-but comfy shoes. They’ll take me all the way down the street to Scampo at The Liberty Hotel for one of chef Lydia Shire’s crispy pizzas and tempura cod

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

When you’re planning your visit to Boston, save Wednesday afternoon and evening for the world-class MFA. Admission is by voluntary donation after 4 p.m., which still leaves plenty of time for you to see the Impressionist paintings, Paul Revere silver, Egyptian mummies, Persian miniatures, and Chinese jades. In July and

Museum of Science

Museum of Science

A rite of passage for generations of children, the museum recently introduced an immersive 4-D movie hall that simulates sensory effects like rain, snow, and earthquakes. There are films for adventurers, like Planet Earth: Shallow Seas, plus kid-friendly flicks like Happy Feet. (Sorry, no Frozen yet.) Best Place to Geek

Museum of Work & Culture

Museum of Work & Culture

Step into the lives of the French Canadian and other immigrants who poured into the Blackstone River Valley as the textile industry boomed. Walk-through, multimedia, and hands-on exhibits show how people—not just machines—powered America’s Industrial Revolution. Best Overlooked Museum–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015Experience life in rural 19th century Quebec. “Emigrate” to

Myopia Hunt Club

Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Horses, riders, and hounds no longer pursue live foxes, but the thrill of the chase remains.Spectators are welcome at Myopia events; there’s no admission fee. Event schedule, club membership details, and information on introductory rides and the Learn-to-Hunt program at: myopiahunt.com. For a


If it’s good enough for Malia and Sasha Obama, then the deck overlooking Oak Bluffs Harbor works for us, too. The crab and corn-coated fresh cod work their Vineyard magic, view or not.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Napatree Point Conservation Area

Best StrollFor beach lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this wild coastal walk, which offers great views of Connecticut and Fishers Island, New York. A year-round habitat for many species, it’s also a shorebird stopover point and foraging area for wading birds, and hosts hawk, songbird, and monarch butterfly


A treasure trove of salvage and local art, with an inspiring international menu.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Narragansett Town Beach

Best SurfingWhen tropical storms make their way up the Ocean State’s coast in summer, the local surfing contingent four-wheel it over to Narragansett to catch those gnarly waves. And when the weather’s sublime, the beach’s usual two-foot swells are a good place to learn the sport. Board rentals and lessons

Neptune Oyster

In our view, a truly great lobster roll has a few simple but firm requirements: fresh, sweet meat and plenty of it; light mayo or butter (your choice—we like choice); and a properly toasted bun. That’s just what Neptune Oyster offers in a classic bistro space just off the crowded

Nesting on Main

Spring at last! And in the spirit of the season, I love decorating my dining room table for Easter with fresh and unusual designs. Several great ideas came to me as I was poking around my favorite gem of a home-decor store, Nesting on Main, in Concord, Massachusetts (978-369-4133; nestingonmain.com).

New Balance

The 070 ($79.99), New Balance’s first eco-friendly shoe, features recycled materials and reduced-waste design.– Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art is abundant with treasures of American works by the best painters, sculptors, and other such artists that this country has ever seen. Among the collections now numbering around 11,791 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, and illustrations can be found murals by Thomas Hart

New England Quilt Museum

Galleries alternate antique and contemporary fiber-art exhibitions four times a year. Also on the property are a shop with fashionable fabric creations and a library open for further study.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

New Hampshire Bowl and Board

You could use this family-size cherrywood salad bowl ($79) every night and it would still last a lifetime; mini wooden bowls (set of four $12) have endless practical uses.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

New Hampshire Open Doors

November 5-6Download a map and spend a day touring some 170 studios and other venues, from the Great North Woods to the Massachusetts line.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Newick’s Seafood Restaurant

Most people come to this joint on the Piscataqua River for lobsters and its commanding view down to Portsmouth Harbor. We’re also partial to the creamy chowders and clam rolls.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Newport History Tours

Best Walking TourNot your father’s dusty G-rated tour: Hear stories of the city’s former distilleries and rum runners in “Rum and Revolution,” or visit where privateers profited in “Pirates and Scoundrels.”Steep yourself in Newport’s past, from its colonial history to its working-waterfront heritage to its rogues and scoundrels. Sponsored by

Nickerson State Park

Nickerson State Park

Nickerson State Park offers a unique experience in a setting that a visitor would usually expect to find in the mountains – yet here you are, in Cape Cod. Instead of sand dunes and marshes one would find on the Cape, crystal clear fresh water ponds and forests surround the

Ninigret Conservation Area

East of Blue Shutters Town Beach, pick your parking lot and find a patch of sand.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011800-548-4662, 401-789-4422. Charlestown, RI. South County Tourism Council. From Rte. 1, take the exit before Ninigret Park. (www.southcountyri.com)

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge & Kettle Pond Visitor Center

A visit here is like an indoor nature walk, with six different Rhody habitats on view. Fun “discovery drawers” offer hands-on learning about shells, feathers, antlers, and animal tracks.Kids and windsurfers love the gentle salt pond.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Best BiosphereThis 868-acre “biosphere,” including grassland, forestland, wooded swamps, fresh water, and

No Name Restaurant

No Name Restaurant

No Name Restaurant opened in 1917, and the name has been the same from day one. The original owner, Nick Contos, was asked by the local fishermen what he called the place and Nick would answer, “No name, come eat!” Since then, the Contos family has offered fresh seafood at

Nobska Point Lighthouse

Nobska Point Lighthouse

Nobska Point Lighthouse was built in 1828 at a price of $2,949.30. It was built in the typical Cape Cod style of its day with an octagonal tower on top of a keeper’s house which had three rooms downstairs and two smaller ones upstairs. The lantern in the lighthouse held

North Bennet Street School

Visit the school’s gallery to view and purchase works by current and former students.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Visit one of the country’s oldest schools of traditional craftsmanship during the grand opening of its new facility in Boston’s historic North End. Watch and interact with students and instructors at work in their

North Country Comforters

Keep little ones cozy with a hypoallergenic comforter ($1$135) made from Maine wool (with organic unbleached cotton muslin shell), hand-tied in a renovated barn workshop.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

North End Market Tours

Delicious and delectable explorations of the venues that make up Boston’s “Little Italy” and Chinatown. Cooking tips included.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

North Star Canoe and Kayak Rentals

A knockout when viewed from dry land, just imagine what the 449-foot Cornish–Windsor Bridge looks like from the water. Drift or paddle down the Connecticut River, courtesy of the oldest private outfitter on the waterway, to admire the longest 19th-century wooden covered bridge in the U.S., linking New Hampshire and

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

This section of the Connecticut River offers lots of sandy beaches for swimming and picnics, and best of all: no portages. Look for great blue herons, river otters, beavers, and minks. BEST CANOEING.The Maine section of this waterway (from Lake Umbagog to St. John River) flows a whopping 347 miles,

Norton of Jonesport

They don’t know they’re adorable and exotic-looking, but the restoration of these “sea parrots” on secluded islands off the Maine coast has created one of New England’s most anticipated eco-tourism trips. These aren’t beach-lined, bring-a-picnic islands, but open Atlantic shelters for nesting puffins, which are once again, after many generations,

Nubble Light

Head to York, Maine, and pretend you’re not a tourist by trying not to take a picture of Nubble Light — perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the world.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010Barely 200 feet from the shallows of Long Sands Beach, Cape Neddick Light perches so handsomely on its bony

Ocean House

Ocean House

Best Victorian MakeoverThis grande dame may have undergone a five-year, $140 million facelift, but it hasn’t forgotten its roots. You’ll find afternoon tea on the porch and Friday night clambakes on the beach. And the head lifeguard, who left after 35 years when the hotel closed temporarily in 2003, is

Odiorne Point State Park & Seacoast Science Center

Rocky coasts, remnants of old World War II bunkers, and a kid-centric science center with a dangling humpback whale skeleton populate this gem of a park, with 330 trail-crossed acres on the ocean. Picnics are practically mandatory, and tidepool explorations a must. Best Coastal State Park–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015Check out

Old Orchard Beach

You’ve got two basic options at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach: Plant yourself smack-dab in the middle of the honky-tonk heaven around the iconic 500-foot pier, or keep some of the Atlantic to yourself with a seaside stroll that ventures off some three and a half miles in either direction. Your

Old Ship Meeting House

The Old Ship is New England’s last surviving 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse and the oldest continuously used church in the country.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011


Acclaimed chef Ana Sortun’s favorite spices and custom spice blends come in sets ($16 each) for home cooks to play with in their own dishes.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort

With views of its namesake peak and the Presidential Range, you barely need to squint to re-imagine the days of Gilded Age splendor at this massive 1902 luxury resort. Much that’s served in its airy palazzo-style main dining room is locally sourced, but it’s also worth a trip down under

One Stanley Avenue

Classic Maine cuisine in an elegant Victorian setting.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012Unexpected haute cooking with an emphasis on local ingredients. Dining rooms are small and romantic in this old Victorian.

Orange Cat Cafe

A favorite for breakfast sandwiches and pastries, homemade soups, creative sandwiches, salads, coffee, and sweets.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Orchard House

Orchard House is most famous for being the home to the Alcott family, and where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book Little Women in 1868 at a desk that her father built especially for her. Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa’s father, originally purchased two houses on 12 acres of land in

Otis House Museum

Otis House Museum

The Otis House Museum was built for Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848), a lawyer who served in Congress, as a mayor of Boston, and was instrumental in the development of Beacon Hill. He was also one of the most important leaders of the Federalists, the United States’ first political party. Otis

Outer Cape

Encompassing Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, this is a beautiful place to see herons, waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, piping plovers, and terns. Spring and fall migrations often bring rarely seen species to South Monomoy Island. Wellfleet & Chatham, MA.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Pantry & Hearth

I head on down the street and find myself at Pantry & Hearth at The 1775 Barn, a delight. Owner Gail Lettick specializes in quality Americana, including Pilgrim-era items, painted country furniture, and 17th- and 18th-century needlework. The shop has a woman’s touch.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

This feeding, resting, and nesting place for migrant waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds lies along the Atlantic Flyway. The southern two-thirds of Plum Island, at 4,660 acres, is a bird magnet, attracting more than 300 species.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Parsons Way Trail

This two-mile jaunt takes you past some of the cooler-named sights on the Maine coast: Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave. Ocean views are complemented by the sight of some truly magnificent homes. Benches; free; paved and grassy path; beachfront roses. And you can climb down on the rocks. Park at

Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest continuously running museums in the United States. With total holding of about 1.3 million pieces, the Museum carries one of the major collections of Asian Art in the country and includes more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime


Cuddly friends from the “Foundling Collection” ($9.95 to $29.95) feature organic cotton shells, unbleached cotton filling, and baby-safe embroidered eyes.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

PEAK Death Race

Contrary to its name, or the three-word waiver (“You may die!”) that all its athletes must sign, the Death Race, held each June, isn’t supposed to kill you. Set on the grounds of DeSena’s luxury eco-friendly inn and spa, Amee Farm, the race is about pushing athletes to find their

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College

Fact is not only stranger than fiction—it’s more exciting. This Bowdoin College museum captures the derring-do and sense of wonder as alumni explorers Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan sought true north (the Pole!) and chronicled the changing cultures of the Arctic.The Best 5: Indoor Places to Take Kids–Yankee

Penelope Wurr

Penelope Wurr’s retail shop, featuring her glasswork and prints, is located at 12 Kimball Hill in Putney’s village center. For hours of operation, call 802-579-5130 or visit: penelopewurr.com– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Penny Lane Pub

Penny Lane Pub

English-style fare with light options (pear salad and gorgonzola!) and a neighborhood atmosphere.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012WINE AND ROSES:What used to be Joe’s Diner in a nondescript shingle-sided building has blossomed into Martin and Karen Cappiello’s Wine and Roses, an Old Saybrook surprise. Bold menu specialties have raised eyebrows here in

Penobscot Bay Porch Swings

When the classic hammock meets a beautifully designed contemporary sofa, the result is the “Camden” porch swing ($625 to $700; pillows $35 to $50), which is easily large enough for sleeping.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Peterboro Basket Company

Toting goodies in a handcrafted wooden bike basket (from $33) leaves your hands free to signal and steer.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010Ever since 1854, the sprawling factory (now the oldest manufacturer of handcrafted baskets in the country) has turned out woven ash baskets of every size and shape. During what must

Peterborough Players

The Peterborough Players was founded by Edith Bond Stearns in 1933, and since then the productions have entertained and delighted audiences. The 18th-century barn where the Players perform has been converted to an intimate 250-seat, state-of-the-art theater with stage, rehearsal, office, restroom, dressing room, and lobby spaces. Air-conditioned and heated

Petsi Pies

Renee McLeod, a.k.a. Petsi, learned to bake from her grandmother. One of those recipes was her sweet-potato pie, which combines roasted spuds, brown sugar, spices, and evaporated milk for a hefty pastry. Her eggnog-custard pie, tastes like that velvety holiday elixir–a blend of heavy cream, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon–baked

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a must-see when you’re in town. A seagull’s-eye view of Provincetown, plus intriguing history exhibits. Celebrate the monument’s 100th anniversary and rededication Aug. 5 this year.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010There is a worthy reward for climbing this treasured 252-foot, Italian-inspired all-granite monument to the Pilgrims’

Pilgrim Spring Trail

Lovely, varied three-quarter-mile loop (30 minutes) in North Truro; a marker commemorates the Pilgrims’ first drink of fresh water in the New World.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Point Judith

A stoic old lighthouse looms over one of New England’s own “graveyards of the Atlantic” and a wild, stony shore, home to surfers and fishermen.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park

Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park

Get an up-close look at the history of Poland Spring, learning about the water, the grand resort, the celebrities who frequented it, and the Ricker family, while touring historic buildings and sites. Donations requested. Best Resort History Lesson-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Poland Spring Resort is one of the best vacation values

Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Pancakes, views, and most especially views of pancakes: You’ll be in blueberry buckwheat heaven at this family-owned institution, which has been flipping delectable discs for 75 years. Polly’s has come a long way from its humble beginnings in a woodshed, and inaugurates a new building in 2015 to accommodate the

Popham Beach State Park

At the end of one of those fingers of land that dangles off the Maine coast into the Atlantic, Popham is hopelessly exposed to all the elements. There’s nothing manicured about this rare spit of sand sandwiched between rocky shores. Pieces of driftwood lie on the beach, backed by dwarf

Portland Farmers’ Market

Portland’s first farmers’ market dates back to 1768. Nowadays, its vendors line city walkways, all offering Maine-grown produce and products. Foodies will appreciate delicacies such as homemade tempeh, red-cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, black radishes, raw honey, kefir, and of course, freshly picked Maine blueberries.Saturdays 7am-noon, April-November. Monument Square, Portland. Wednesdays 7am-2pm,

Portland Museum of Art

Explore three centuries of works, including a top-flight collection of paintings by American Realist and Impressionist masters (Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, and Marsden Hartley, to name a few) and fine and decorative arts. Best Art & Architecture-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Two top venues offer free admission once a week. Save up

Portsmouth Harbour Trail

Step back in time on this tour of the city’s waterfront, Market Square, historic homes, and other landmarks. Listen to the past come alive as early townspeople tell their stories. Reservations recommended.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Prescott Park

Prescott Park

Music meets water at Portsmouth’s waterfront on the Piscataqua River, and outdoor concerts fill the night air with the sweet sounds of Taj Mahal, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and an impressive roster of summer headliners. Best Summer Concerts-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Ten acres of flower gardens, walking paths, and grassy areas alongside

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

The Best 5: Local BreweriesLongtime New England brewer and Connecticut native Dann Paquette specializes in what he calls “American artisanal” styles: beers brewed in the rustic Belgian tradition, but with American malts and hops and our nation’s gift for style-bending creativity. Best brew: “Jack D’Or,” a domestic version of the

Prospect Terrace Park

Sit back, relax, think (oh, and maybe snap a quick pic with your iPhone). This is one of the best vantages of the capital city. There’s a statue of Roger Williams to keep you company and a grassy knoll where you can spread out a picnic. Voted Best View of

Province Lands Visitor Center

Two miles from the tip of the Cape, an observation deck offers a 360-degree view of the dunes and the Atlantic.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Even Lance Armstrong would be hard-pressed not to slow down along this 7.3-mile loop through the Province Lands, a pristine sliver of the impressively pristine Cape

Provincetown Portuguese Bakery

Perfect spot for an impromptu pick-me-up. Fill a paper sack with salty cod cakes, novas (sweet almond and cinnamon treats), and thick, custardy slices of bread, and settle onto a nearby beach.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010More delicious evidence of the town’s Portuguese influences, the bakery serves a tasty array of

Queen City Craft Bazaar

November 19Another indie/Etsy-style gathering, this fair features nearly 50 artists, mostly local, working in all kinds of media.Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Quito’s Restaurant & Bar

A trio of chowders … a heaping plate of scampi loaded with shrimp, littlenecks, lobster, mussels, or calamari … Fresh seafood meets Italian cooking’s flair for overabundance at this casual, boisterous, seasonal eatery. Whether you’re sittin’ on the dock overlooking the bay or inside by the fireplace on cool evenings,


A.k.a. “Quonnie,” an undeveloped, privately owned barrier beach. Trails allow public access at specified times.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

R. J. Julia Booksellers

One of the state’s best bookstores, plus airy cafe.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Best BookShopOwner Roxanne Coady cultivates relationships with both new and widely known writers (including Wally Lamb, Rachael Ray, and Julia Andrews), whose visits highlight an outstanding selection of titles. No author in the house? Curl up in the cafe.

Rabbit Hill Inn

Massages, hiking paths, and an intimate fireside dining room all do their job to light the fire for romance. But perhaps just as important is what the inn, nestled in the Northeast Kingdom, doesn’t have: TV, WiFi, or even a reliable cell phone signal—so you can disconnect from the outside

Raft Maine

When Wayne Hockmeyer guided the first raftload of thrill-seekers down the roiling Kennebec River in 1976, he started a new way of life in the Forks region of central Maine, which quickly became New England’s epicenter of whitewater rafting. Whether it’s down the Kennebec, the Dead River, or the Penobscot,

Railroad Square Cinema

This beloved theater burned to the ground in 1994, rising again with community support. The highlight of the rebuilding process was the premiere of Nobody’s Fool, based on the novel of the same name by Waterville local Richard Russo and starring Paul Newman. “The Square” co-hosts the Maine International Film

Rainbow Grille & Tavern

Built in 1946 and close to the Canadian border, Tall Timber Lodge has long been a haven for people who love the outdoors. The dining room looks out on Back Lake, and the kitchen knows how to prepare fresh rainbow trout and salmon.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Red River Theatres

Housed in the capital city’s newest office building, this theatre shows an eclectic mix of first-run and period pieces, often with workshops, panel discussions, and receptions with filmmakers and actors.Red River, which opened in 2007, is the achievement of community leaders who struggled for nearly a decade to build it.

Red’s Eats

This teenie spot on the Sheepscot River is a “don’t miss” for lobster rolls and hot dogs.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Redwood Library & Athenaeum

Redwood Library & Athenaeum

Redwood Library and Athenaeum is the oldest surviving lending library in the United States. Founded in 1747 by Abraham Redwood and others, Redwood Library was designed by architect Peter Harrison. Harrison’s design, modeled from a drawing of a Roman Doric temple with portico and wings, was noticed by Thomas Jefferson

Restaurant At Burdick Chocolate

Filmmaker Ken Burns calls this pretty village home, and the elegant restaurant here rivals any Brooklyn hotspot. With Burdick’s award-winning chocolate shop attached to this Parisian-style eatery, it’s perfect for lingering over the Sunday Times and a plate of charcuterie. Entrees: from $13. Best Sunday Brunch-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Whether you’re

Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises & Newport Harbor Tours

Hits a bit of the South County coast, and then goes all around Narragansett Bay, past 10 different lighthouses in 90 minutes.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Cruise past 10 of Rhode Island’s scenic lighthouses on this narrated tour aboard the Millennium. The 90-minute ride also takes passengers under the Jamestown and Newport

Rhode Island State House

Rhode Island State House

On guided weekday tours of this stunning structure, you’ll stand beneath the world’s fourth-largest self-supported marble dome and see treasures like Rhode Island’s original 1663 royal charter and Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Washington portrait. Free. Best Free Tour–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015The Rhode Island State House is the home of the Rhode

Ride FAR

Today, Ride For AIDS Resources (Ride FAR) is the oldest continually run AIDS/HIV bike-a-thon in the country. Held in September every other year, the fundraiser has generated more than a million dollars for things like a quiltmaking project, involving middle-school children in Rhode Island, that honors those who’ve lost their

RISD Museum

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum on Benefit Street features an aggressively diverse collection dedicated to exposing its students to many artistic styles. The Museum houses more than 86,000 works of art, including works by a range of Rhode Island artists. The Museum features works by 18th century Newport furniture makers Goddard and

RISD Works

RISD Works offers an eclectic range of unique items–from fine jewelry to robotic bugs–all designed by current and former students.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012Best Gift ShopWho knew that a potato masher could be a work of art? This retail store, gallery, and design showroom all in one features an annually curated

River Tavern

The Deep River view is rivaled by a gorgeous, seasonally sensitive menu, including handmade linguine with lamb and feta.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Roger Wheeler State Park

Fine sand, gentle surf, great views, picnicking.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Families with small children flock to the calm, protected waters of this beach.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and carries more than 100 species of rare animals.The “Fabric of Africa” exhibit lets you watch giraffes and elephants. You’ll also spot zebras, wildebeests, wild dogs, and aoudads (sheep). Informative displays tell how Africa’s people and

Rose Island Lighthouse

Stay for a night (in the first floor museum bedrooms) or a week’s working vacation (in the keeper’s quarters upstairs) at Rose Island Light, situated in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. The 1871 house and light tower, on the National Register of Historic Places, was abandoned in 1970, and later restored

Rosewood Country Inn

Whatever magic makes a place romantic, this rose-shuttered inn has it. Set amid gardens and surrounded by woods and meadows, its rooms and suites come with gas fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Common spaces include a cozy tavern. Breakfasts are served by candlelight. Rates: from $149, including full breakfast.Romantic shout-out: Named Yankee’s

Rowell’s Inn

Built in the early 19th century, it’s still got the town’s original post office.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012Built in 1820 as a stagecoach stop, the exterior is Federal, but the interior is very Victorian with only five rooms.

Roy Moore Lobster Company

Roy Moore Lobster cooks its crustaceans continuously throughout the day, so there’s rarely a wait for a fresh-cooked meal.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Rugg Road Paper Company

Head to Rugg Road Paper Company to pick up handmade letterpress thank-you cards, and then to neighboring Black Ink to find a few fun-and-funky gifts (frog-shaped piggy banks top the list) for my two toddlers.– Yankee Magazine January/February 2010

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum is the only active Shaker Community. The Shakers strive to live a life of work and worship, fulfilling the motto of their founder, Mother Ann, to “put our hands to work and hearts to God.” The community at Sabbathday Lake presently consists of 18

Saddleback Maine

Alpine resort with lodging and pub, plus outdoor center offering Nordic ski and snowshoeing trails.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum makes a visit to Salem, Massachusetts complete. The Museum, which opened in 1972, puts you in 1692 where you can experience the legend and tragedy that were the Salem Witch Trials. Guides will take you through the mind-set of what was happening to the accused –

Sandy Neck Beach

Sandy Neck Beach

Sandy Neck Beach is a six-mile-long stretch of beauty located in both Sandwich and Barnstable, MA., and is the area’s longest beach. This barrier beach took thousands of years to develop into 4,700 acres of dunes, maritime forests, and marshes. It has high sand dunes facing Cape Cod Bay, with

Savvy Tea Gourmet

Hip cafe or tea university? Owners Philip Parda and Judith Guard do more to educate consumers than any other shop I’ve visited. Don’t miss their elaborate tea tastings and information-packed biweekly afternoon tea. Reservations required only for events.Epicurean cafe, with loose tea and artisanal cheeses.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

The shopping gods pull me into Crush Boutique for women’s cocktail frocks and designer denim, and then up to Moxie for pretty-but comfy shoes. They’ll take me all the way down the street to Scampo at The Liberty Hotel for one of chef Lydia Shire’s crispy pizzas and tempura cod

Scargo Pottery

It’s a family affair—four daughters and dad Harry Holl—with an outdoor gallery tucked up a pretty path near Scargo Lake. Clay castles, urns, and giant bowls sit quietly throughout the grove and gardens and cluster in the beamy open-air structure.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011We can’t imagine a better setting for eccentric

Sebago Lake

Head a half-hour or so northwest of Portland, Maine, a city defined by the sea, and you’ll come to Sebago Lake. Like thousands of lakes in New England, Sebago holds memory and tradition, and a deep sense of belonging. Along its shores are small resorts carved from the woods, summer

Second Beach

Everyone rides the waves at Second Beach, located just outside the Newport town line. Surfers are found to the west, near Purgatory Chasm, a deep cleft in the bedrock rising above Sachuest Bay. Atop the rise is the campus of St. George’s School, its limestonechapel tower a dramatic backdrop to


Charles Shackleton and Miranda Thomas create their pieces the old-fashioned way: one at a time, mostly without machines. The personal touch shows in the creativity and craftsmanship of their hand-hewn furniture and hand-etched pottery.Miranda Thomas’s hand-thrown carved mini bowls ($65) make a rustic home for tealights or votives; her hand-molded

Shaker Workshops

Hang coats and bags on a pretty pine Shaker pegboard ($27.50–$65 assembled and finished; DIY and finished cherry options available).– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

A spectacular collection of American artifacts—folk art, tools, clothing, carriages, furniture, and much more—and fine art fill historic buildings throughout this sprawling, beautifully landscaped site. Highlights include circus figures and posters, and the restored steamboat Ticonderoga, high and dry but set for a circa-1920s Lake Champlain voyage. Best Art &

Shelter Harbor Inn

Shelter Harbor Inn. Comfy 19th-century converted farmhouse with rights to a private stretch of sand on Weekapaug Beach.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011401-322-8883. 10 Wagner Rd., Westerly 02891. 24 rooms. Open year-round June 16-Sept. 4. Rates: $116-$162, including full breakfast. ($$-$$$) Dining room open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wheelchair accessible.The

Shepherd’s Pie

Perched on the craggy hillside overlooking the small harbor in Rockport, Maine, Shepherd’s Pie–a new gastropub under the direction of chef Brian Hill—commands a view that is in itself a reason to visit. But then there’s Hill’s casual but carefully composed fare—the best motivation of all. The namesake shepherd’s pie

Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce diners are served fresh rainbow trout and a curlicue salad of frisee laced with bacon and a soft egg. The Ballymaloe brown bread with sweet Vermont butter is impossible to stop eating.Candlelight twinkling in a clean-lined “Nantucket” hurricane ($165) adds even more atmosphere to a pretty porch scene.–Yankee

Ski Museum of Maine

Exhibits on all aspects of skiing and snowboarding celebrate and preserve the sport’s heritage.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

Snug Harbor Farm

Offering (among other novelties) succulents tucked into cement bricks and topiaries created from uncommon botanicals.mOpen year-round.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

SoNo Seaport Seafood

When you’re right on Norwalk Harbor, chowder, steamed seafood, or perfectly broiled sole is a treat, outside at a picnic table or inside in the dining room.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Spiced Pear

Along Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, the dining room at the Chanler hotel cleaves to the rocks above the dramatic, crashing waves of Easton Bay. Dinner is a gourmet symphony in three, four, six, or nine movements (courses), each available with paired wines.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010With a stunning view of Easton’s

Splash at the Boathouse

To end the day or start the evening, order a drink and an appetizer and watch the sun set over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks at the Queen City’s only floating waterfront restaurant. Order a couple of the house-special “Rock the Docks” cocktails and you might even see the Caribbean-green

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel has the best ocean breezes on Block Island. And it is considered one of the Island’s most elegant historic landmarks. Sitting up on a 15-acre promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island foothills, the Hotel has a wraparound veranda where you can relax for hours with

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums is comprised of five world-class museums: the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (temporarily closed for renovations), the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts,the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Museum of Springfield History, and The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield

Squam Lakes Association

Thirty years ago, when Hollywood came to New England to find a hauntingly beautiful location to become On Golden Pond, they chose Big Squam Lake, with its islands, coves, and miles of shoreline, seemingly unchanged by time. In Holderness you can rent a canoe, kayak, or sailboat and even get

Stanley Museum

Exhibits honor a legacy of innovation by the twin brothers who were pioneers of New England industry.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012Best Place To Let Off SteamKingfield’s famous native sons, twin brothers Francis Edgar and Freelan Oscar Stanley, perfected the photographic dry-plate process and achieved numerous other feats in addition to building

Star Island

Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals, lies some 10 miles out from Portsmouth Harbor. Arrive aboard the Thomas Laighton, a three-decker ferry; then disembark and for the next few hours explore this rock-strewn, sea-splashed nugget. On a hot, blue-sky day, give yourself the shivers: Read Anita Shreve’s


They’re large and plump, pan-fried in butter, and filled with mixtures of cheese and potato, bacon, beef, veal, mushrooms, and sauerkraut. The surprise treat is the dessert pierogi – a summery burst of raspberry.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010Staropolka’s pierogi was chosen as a favorite food pick. These boiled Polish dumplings are

Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain

A mile down the road from his home, Stephen created his masterpiece: a 150-acre dog park, free and open to the public, with trails, forests, and a swimming pond. He dubbed it “Dog Mountain.” At the center of it he erected a classic Vermont chapel dedicated to the memories of

Stony Creek Market

Locals depend on this busy shop, right on Long Island Sound with a view of the Thimble Islands, for their morning java and muffins. Bring wine—at night there’s pizza.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Sunset Grille

Take in the colors of the late-afternoon sky over Norwalk Harbor; the menu excels in the pasta department, particularly with penne alla vodka.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Susanna’s Ice Cream

What makes Susanna’s ice cream extraordinary aren’t just the flavors, which are seasonal, often exotic, and intense: white peach and ginger, Damson plum, strawberry-champagne. It’s also the hard work that goes into sourcing, prepping, and hand-mixing every ingredient. Many ice creameries–even local, award-winning ones–buy commercial bases of cream, sugar, and

Swans Island Company

Most commercial wool products are made from fleeces that have been through a rather unpleasant process called carbonization: bathed in toxic chemicals (think hydrochloric and sulfuric acids) to remove the chaff (bits of seeds, hay, and other debris), which also strips away the natural lanolin. Not so with the fleeces

Swan’s Cafe

As one of the world’s few tea sommeliers, Cynthia Gold has infused every part of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel’s tea service with her love of the beverage. Excellent tea, tea-infused cuisine, and even tea cocktails; a memorable experience. Reservations recommended.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Tall Tales Tavern

An addition to Scotty’s, a local fish and meat market, and a big hit for comfort food and lobster. Open year-round.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012



Celebrate Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Season! Tanglewood, world-renowned summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, celebrates its 75th anniversary season, June 22- September 2, with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition


Arthur Tauck Sr. started the whole leaf-peeping trade in 1925, when he first took paying passengers to see the beautiful colors of autumn. Last year, photographer Susie Cushner came along for Tauck’s “Classic New England” Tour and found any surprises along the way.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010

Ted’s Restaurant

In Meriden, the folks at Ted’s have been doing their share of burgering for more than five decades, and the secret to inspiring their loyal following is the way they steam the patties. Juicy, tender, and topped with cheddar … We’re reluctant to suggest that they’re healthier than grilled or

Thai Blossom Express

Maybe the best Thai food in the state; only a handful of tables; closest restrooms are in the nearby Chamber of Commerce building.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

The Barnstormers

The Barnstormers is one of the oldest professional summer theatres in the country, operating since 1931, and it’s the only one that goes for a breakneck eight plays in eight weeks. Classics (The Glass Menagerie), kids’ fare (Toad of Toad Hall), and comedy (Ken Ludwig’s Be My Baby) are this

The Cod End

It’s right on a working wharf, with views out to the Muscle Ridge Islands, the bubbly granite shore, and pointed firs: foggy, soggy, and piratey.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011Super-fresh lobster is boiled up and served with steamers, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes, and freshly made coleslaw.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

The Back Eddy

Westport is a semi-secret treasure of a town, known for Horseneck Beach and the great food on the harbor, where the two branches of the Westport River meet. Think outdoor grills, seriously fun cocktails, and local treasures from the verdant farms and bountiful waters around here.
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

While the

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

Few New England vacation destinations offer the grand escapes and luxurious dining of The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel. Surrounded by 800-ft. cliffs, this historic resort offers relaxation and adventure for every season. Its 8,000 acres contain top-ranked golfing, tennis, miles of trails for hiking, biking, alpine and Nordic skiing, and

The Barnacle Restaurant

This old-school harborside favorite fairly hangs over the edge of a sea wall, serving countless bowls of creamy, briny chowder and fried-fish platters. A wall of windows looks out on the racing fleets of the town’s world-class sailors and many lobster boats.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

The Barnum Museum

In honor of P. T. Barnum’s 200th birthday on July 5, Bethel, Connecticut, has commissioned a life-size statue of the great showman.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

The Belted Cow Bistro

Best Use of Local FlavorsTry the two-bite “sliders,” made with local pork and served with spicy kimchee slaw and ginger- and-scallion relish. Another seasonal highlight: butternut-squash soup, enhanced with a whisper of maple syrup. Entrees: from $20.The Belted Cow Bistro’s chef/owner, John Delpha, earned his culinary stripes in some of

The Bite

Between the creamy chowder, stuffed with chopped quahogs and accented with sweet onions, and the sunset views over the harbor, this little shingled Martha’s Vineyard shack draws a hungry crowd during peak season.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

The Breakers

“I don’t like to brag, but I’m the biggest one,” says the voice on the family audio tour at the Vanderbilts’ 70-room “cottage” on mansion row. Yes, the Breakers is speaking to you. And the same children who rolled their eyes about touring an old house are instantly enthralled. By

The Charles Hotel

This regal Harvard Square hideaway has two superb restaurants (Henrietta’s Table and Rialto), a spa that incorporates herbs from the hotel’s garden, a lap pool with children’s hours, Regattabar, a beloved jazz club, and even care packages for traveling pets. In the winter, there’s a skating rink. Rates: from $259.

The Chestnut Grille

In Old Lyme’s historic district along the Lieutenant River sits The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn & Spa. Built in 1756 as the home of Judge William Noyes and his family, it’s been an inn since the 1930s. Today this Colonial masterpiece is a gracious sanctuary designed

The Clam Shack

Don’t let the name fool you: There’s plenty of good lobster to be had at The Clam Shack.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

The Cliff Walk

New England’s most celebrated seaside pathway, a 3.5-mile trail that threads between Gilded Age mansions and the tumbling Atlantic, received a $5.5 million upgrade in 2014. While most of the investment repaired stretches of the Cliff Walk damaged by Superstorm Sandy, funds also allowed for enhancements, including one that can

The Commons Lunch

Commons’ stuffies come in heaping portions–a bit spicy, with lots of clams, and both regular sausage and chourico, keeping the dish moist and meaty.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

The Dorset Inn

The three-story, pillared Dorset Inn anchors the village green. 25 recently renovated guestrooms wander off in several directions.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

The Driftwood Inn

There’s nothing fancy about this dining room on Casco Bay’s Bailey Island, but the fried eggs taste better here. Could be they’re perfectly cooked, or the briny ocean breeze erases the memory of breakfast anywhere else. Get some pie—they’re made locally by some sort of pie magician.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010The

The Elms

The Elms

The Elms is a gorgeous replica of an 18th-century French chateau. Built at the turn of the 20th century for a coal baron, it sits poised above 11 acres of sweeping lawn. The gardens are extraordinary: gods and goddesses cavorting in marble fountains, pavilions where ladies took tea, sunken gardens

The Francis Malbone House

A 1760 estate-turned-inn, the Francis Malbone House exudes a sense of elegance that harks back to the days when a wealthy shipping magnate called it home—updated with modern-day amenities, of course. Well-appointed rooms, period furnishings, a gourmet breakfast, and afternoon tea are just a few of the luxuries to tempt

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail lets you immerse yourself in early America on this 2.5-mile journey. Visit churches, meetinghouses, key markers: 16 nationally significant historic sites in all.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012On Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, the birth of the American Revolution comes alive–but only if the tour guide brings it to life.Clearly,

The Gifted Hand

November 11-12You’ll find a decidedly contemporary bent, with more than 60 local artists,–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

The Gryphon House

The Gryphon House is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s home. A luxury bed and breakfast only two blocks from Kenmore Square, the Gryphon is a turn-of-the-century brownstone, built in 1895, with eight gorgeous suites. The Gryphon boasts a Victorian parlor with

The Hancock Inn

New Hampshire’s oldest inn dates back to 1789 and still retains much of its antique charm. The hand-painted murals (some original) blend with modern touches such as whirlpool tubs and central air conditioning in every room. Breakfast included. Voted Best Historic Inn. It’s the state’s oldest continuously operating inn and

The Hanover Inn

The Hanover Inn

Gilchrist & Soames bath products, wide-screen televisions, and plush bed linens make you feel more than pampered, while the inn’s commitment to local food sourcing, environmentally safe cleaning products, and recycling helps you feel less guilty about it. Voted Best Environmental Inn.The Hanover Inn is a charming boutique hotel on

The Harvard Museum of Natural History: Botanical Museum Collection

The Harvard Museum of Natural History: Botanical Museum Collection

The Harvard Museum of Natural History: Botanical Museum Collection is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before -and not quite what it sounds like. The more than 3,000 models in the collection of “botanicals” are actually made from glass, and the collection represents 847 species of plants. Sometimes referred to as

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Country ease meets Gilded Age opulence. Many guestrooms in the Tudor-style mansion overlooking Lake Champlain feature furnishings original to the Webb family, who summered here on a 1,400-acre model farm that today supplies meats, dairy, and produce to the inn’s elegant restaurant. Voted Best Lakeside Luxury. You could buy the

The Inn at Ormsby Hill

An inn hosted by Ted and Chris Sprague. A restored c. 1764 manor house on 2-1/2 acres with a spectacular setting. Featuring romantic bedchambers with canopies, fireplaces, flat-screen HDTVs, and air-conditioning. Luxurious bathrooms with Jacuzzis for two, magnificent conservatory/dining room, patio, porch, and gazebo with breathtaking views of the Battenkill

The Inn at Weathersfield

A rambling, luxuriously relaxing place to stay and one of the best places to dine in the Green Mountain State.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Innkeepers Jane and David Sandelman rescued this historic 1792 stagecoach stop from oblivion in 2002, creating a wonderful escape from 21st-century cares (although the inn is WiFi wired).

The Maine Float Rope Company

“Down East Doormats” ($49.95 to $79.95) are handcrafted from recycled float ropes (which are no longer used in the Maine lobstering industry because they can entangle North Atlantic right whales). They’re resistant to mildew, mold, and moisture.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

The Mews Restaurant and Cafe

Sebastian Junger to Norman Mailer, says owner Ron Robin, a former “talk jock” for Boston radio. Seafood, fresh-baked onion focaccia, and 277 different vodkas, from Armenian to Ukrainian.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Revered by local residents for staying open 363 nights of the year, this beachfront institution also happens to serve

The Midtown Hotel

The Midtown Hotel is an affordable and convenient place to stay in Boston’s Back Bay. Built in 1961, this retro-style, two-story hotel is located in the heart of Boston. The Hotel has 159 spacious guest rooms complete with coffee makers, air conditioning, 32″ LG flat screen televisions, wireless and DSL

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

When it comes to memorable, you can’t beat traveling by steam engine up the steepest railroad track in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. Voted Best Adrenaline-Rush Train Ride.The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the steepest railroad climb in North America. Don’t miss this historic ride when

The Nantucket Bagg Company

All your tools (for home repair, gardening, or whatever task is next on your list) can be close at hand and in impeccable order in an original canvas “Diddy Bag” ($69.95).– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

The North Hero House Inn and Restaurant

No small inn sits closer to Lake Champlain than this serene spot, in business since 1891. Twenty-six rooms and suites feature amenities such as fireplaces and screened-porch hammocks. Fine and casual dining options include a new lakeside “Steamship Pier” bar and grille. Rates: from $125. Best Inn on the Islands-Yankee

The Oar House

A seat on the deck looking out to Portsmouth Harbor, with a bowl of corn- and bacon-studded clam chowder (and maybe a lobster spring roll with hoisin dipping sauce), means an afternoon or evening well spent.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010The Oar House offers up good food in an atmosphere of rowing

The Old Inn on the Green

Classic 1760s stagecoach inn with columned first- and second-story porches.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Best Candlelight DiningThere’s no electricity in the dining rooms of this 200-year-old former stagecoach inn, but candlelight makes the setting all the more romantic for chef/owner Peter Platt’s American bistro cooking. In warm weather, diners may opt for

The Percy Inn

The Percy Inn

Hosted by hotel critic-turned-innkeeper Dale Northrup (he has written 24,000 hotel reviews in more than 70 countries and nearly two dozen consumer travel books). An 1830 Federal-style brick rowhouse at Longfellow Square in Portland’s Historic District. Immerse yourself among landmark buildings anchored by antiques shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and performance venues.

The Pickled Herring

Eastport isn’t the first place we’d think of for a terrific meal, but Gary Craig is making it happenin spades. We also dig the view of our Canadian friends and the sweep of Passamaquoddy Bay.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

The Place

They arrive at your table in a bath of buttery cocktail sauce, still on a grill grate, straight off the wood fire. Instantly you understand why folks have been pulling off Route 1 to savor roasted littlenecks here since 1971. Actually, this casual, seasonal clambake restaurant’s origins stretch back to

The Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is the city’s oldest cultural center, having shaped Providence over the centuries into the city it is today. Included in its delights are a library, a museum, and a bookstore–all sure to enlighten one’s mind and broaden one’s horizons. When in town, remember to stop

The Red Inn

Through some magic of architecture, the dining room at The Red Inn promotes the illusion of floating, like the many boats just outside in Province town Harbor. The sea-level view seems never-ending; the Atlantic just rolls on and on. The dining room is decorated in breezy tones and unpainted wood,


ReSOURCE turns reclaimed materials into wonderful, usable pieces like these frames (prices vary), where you can display those photos you’ve been meaning to put somewhere.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

The Richards B&B

A romantic stone house, built in 1884, with meandering garden paths.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Best Taste Of The OutdoorsThis 1884 mansion was built from stone quarried on the property and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pass the daffodil fields to continue a half-mile meander through the woods

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is the epitome of luxury. Conveniently located on Boston Common between the Boston Theater District and the Financial District, The Ritz-Carlton is right where you want to be in downtown Boston. The hotel has 193 well-appointed contemporary guest rooms, including 43 suites, many with views of the city

The Ruby Door

Head way up Charles Street, and swing by The Ruby Door to try on intricate and lustrous semiprecious gemstone necklaces.– Yankee Magazine January/February 2010

The Sandwich Creamery

You make your way down winding country roads to come here. The buildings are rustic and the cows are right out in the nearby pastures, making this creamery a real farm-to-cone experience.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

The Spouter Inn

The Spouter Inn

Your hosts are Paul and Catherine Lippman (Paul is a former engineer, avid sailor, and woodworker; Catherine, a former nurse, is now a garden caretaker). There are ocean views from every room in this 1832 restored Colonial situated on 2 acres across from a sand beach. The inn has Jacuzzis,

The Sunnyside

Chef Joe Simone honed his skills in Boston and San Francisco, and now he’s home to roost in his own breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot on the Warren River, just above Narragansett Bay, where his passion for local ingredients and Mediterranean flavors hits the spot.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010The Sunnyside is

The Vermont Antique Mall

Looking for a Yankee magazine from the ’50s? How about a Star Wars lunchbox? They’re most likely here in one of the 450 booths at New England’s largest antiques and collectibles marketplace. Take time to visit the free Toy & Train Museum. BEST ONE-STOP ANTIQUE SHOP.

The Vermont Country Store

The Vermont Country Store

The Vermont Country Store carries hard-to-find treats from yesteryear and is a popular stop for kids and kids-at-heart alike. Voted Best Legendary Emporium.
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

One of the state’s best tourist lures, founded by Vrest Orton, and the mother of all country stores.

Yankee Magazine April 2006

In 1946, Vrest Orton came

The Warren Store

The Warren Store

The Warren Store calls itself “The local store and so much more,” and they aren’t kidding. First of all, they have a bakery out back where they bake their own bread! Pastries, too! And desserts! They use some of that bread to make the sandwiches they serve. Try their most

Thomas Schwenke Antiques

In the business for 40 years, Schwenke is a leading expert in Federal furniture. Upon entering his barn (having enjoyed stunning gardens on the walk in), a tableau catches my eye. An inlaid-mahogany Hepplewhite sideboard sets off a pair of Sheffield silver-plated wine coolers with leaf and flower embellishments. Above

Three Mountain Inn

Guestrooms, many with gas fireplaces, are divided between the original inn and neighboring Robinson House. In the garden there’s also luxurious Sage Cottage.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Best Jamaican EscapeThe country-inn experience, with no facet overlooked: antiques, featherbeds, fireplaces or stoves (in 10 of the 15 guestrooms), three-course breakfasts, and dinner in

Thurston’s Lobster Pound

End of the road, end of the earth: Look for mountain views, bluebloods, bluehairs, and swarms of fishing boats.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011Thurston’s is tops for off-the-boat-fresh lobster on Mount Desert Island.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012The classic Maine lobster pound is a no-frills eatery where you can usually select your own lobster.

Timothy Clark Cabinetmaker/Chairwright

The raw wood from which Clark crafts his minimalist yet elegant Windsor chairs and Shaker-inspired benches and cases is all native–maple, ash, and cherry are favorites–and all from managed forests.Both design and quality of building set his furniture apart from mass-produced pieces. “They’re designed to be comfortable–you can’t get that

Topsfield Fair

Longer than any place in New England, Topsfield, Massachusetts, has put on an old-fashioned county fair.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011America’s oldest continually operating agricultural fair showcases New England’s largest apiary exhibition, a fall flower show, draft horses, plenty of farm animals, food, arts and crafts, and nationally known entertainment. Don’t


The great flavor comes from cooking all of the ingredients — the rice, vegetables, saffron, chicken, seafood, sausage, and peas—to their rightful tastes and textures without messing up the others.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010Toro’s paella was chosen as a favorite food pick. There’s no definitive recipe for paella, the one-pan dish

Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States. It is also the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America, and the only surviving synagogue building in the country dating back to the colonial era. The Touro Synagogue remains an active Orthodox synagogue. It was

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

A tranquil refuge to delight the eye, expand the mind, nurture the soul and commune with the natural world, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a year-round living museum of plants. Owned and operated by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, founded in 1842, with its mission to “advance the science and

Tracie’s Community Farm

Today, Tracie’s Community Farm (traciesfarm.com) is in its 11th year as a CSA operation, and it’s bigger than ever. Ten of her 33 acres are under cultivation; good soil helps, of course, but Tracie is also an evangelist when it comes to the power of fresh veggies. She teaches a

Tram Haus Lodge

The spanking-new Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort offers studios or suites, with full kitchens and gas fireplaces; there’s also a spa on site. Rates include tram rides; some packages include golf.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Traveler Food and Books

Off exit 74 on I-84, the quizzical yellow sign that reads Traveler Food and Books is, if nothing else, aptly descriptive. Millions see it every year, but those who stop in tiny Union, Connecticut (population 700), to investigate find an old, wood-paneled restaurant littered with books crammed into shelves and

Trinity Repertory Company

Trinity Repertory Company and AS220 anchor the neighborhood’s cultural scene with traditional theater and avant-garde art.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012


Italian-accented family favorite and crafter of the valley’s best pizza.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012The finest pizza within the Sugarloaf universe is found at Tufulio’s, where it’s best enjoyed on the deck. There’s also a bounty of tasty pasta.

Tully and Marie’s Restaurant

Hovering over Otter Creek, a flavor-packed brunch, lunch, or dinner awaits. The menu skips around the world cuisines of Asia, Latin America, Europe, and, of course, New England, with offerings such as a curried tofu, huevos rancheros, Maine crab cakes, and bracing Bloody Marys.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Turner Fisheries

The oyster crackers are house-made, and the stew is a hearty mixture of quahogs and cherrystones for intense clam flavor. A light hand with the flour keeps the chowder saucy, not gloppy.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Twist 7

Felted jelly doughnuts, steampunk lockets, silk-screened Ts for urban cyclists: This is decidedly a craft fair for the Etsy crowd.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011

Two Fat Cats Bakery

Kristen DuShane prides herself on all-American sweets, including her bourbon-pecan pie loaded with toasted nuts, brown sugar, and a splash of spirits. Her pumpkin pie is a rich, custardy concoction of puree, brown sugar, and spices.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

Vermont’s state animal has a special home near Middlebury, where the strong, clean-limbed descendants of Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse, are bred and trained. Take a guided tour of the stables; you may want to take a Morgan home, as several are always for sale. Best Horse Farm-Yankee Magazine

USS Constitution

The quick skinny on the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Launch: October 21, 1797, Boston’s Hartt Shipyard; one of the first six ships commissioned by the new U.S. Navy. Size: 204 feet long; 220-foot main mast (just 1 foot shorter than Bunker Hill Monument). Crew capacity: 500 (uncomfortable) men.

Vermont Glass Workshop

Harry and Wendy Besett have been making the hand-blown “Flared” candlestick longer than any other tabletop piece. Shown here in extra-large ($150) with a clear glass bowl.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011

Vermont HoneyLights

Hand-poured votives ($4-$8), tapers ($18), sconces ($15-$18), pillars ($15-$90), and shaped candles such as this large pear ($12) are made from nontoxic beeswax and emit the delicate aroma of honey.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011

Vermont Rails-to-Trails

Freight trains once hauled milk and feed along this route—but now the old right-of-way has been reborn as the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, a bucolic corridor for walkers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, and cyclists like me. I was bound for St. Albans, more than 26 miles distant, traversing farm